You should put your computer on focus assist (windows 10) or ‘do not disturb’ (apple) mode so it blocks all notifications. Also, you should hide your bookmarks bar so YouTube and Facebook tabs can’t tempt you.
- Any advice to help me stay focused during deep work?
- If you are a supervisor, how do you handle your team members’ questions and needs during deep work sessions?
- How do you decide which time of the day is best for deep work and good for other no-brain tasks? How do you prioritise if no-brain tasks need to be done as soon as possible and you have many of them?
- How do you sustain deep work when you have never been able to do so no matter how hard you try?
- What to do when you finish the task before the time you saved for your deep work?
I will put 25 minutes on a timer, usually my phone, and I will not open or respond to anything or anyone until after the timer goes off. I also make sure my phone is on vibrate
Set a goal for that deep work sesssion to help keep you focused while using a computer. Ex: I will finish 2 reports in the next 45 minutes. Also, consider working on a computer in a public place where others can see what you are doing—this may discourage you from watching YouTube or reading Buzzfeed when you’re supposed to be working. Finally, play simple study music or white noise to drown out sounds around you stay focused. If you habitually use the same music during periods of focus, this may help your body associate that sound with deep concentration and make it easier to get started.
I put my headphones on and close all programs I’m not using. When people see me with headphones on they are less likely to bother me.
Get a pair of Noise cancelling headphones and listen to classical/binaural music. The fabulous app has a selection of binaural music, if I’m not mistaken.
I'd suggest isolating over-ear headphones and instrumental only music
Perhaps some earplugs or headphones might help. Also, make a commitment to check your breathing regularly. Deal with distractions by taking breaks where distractions are allowed and then promptly get back to work. A timer might help to.
I put my phone in 'Do not Disturb' mode and let it facing down. In the computer, I use Windows 10 and it has a 'Focus Assistant', which blocks notifications while activated. In Chrome, I never use notifications anyway. If there are people around, I use my earphones and tune to Lo-fi Hip-hop or Classical music, which I find very helpful for focusing. Then I open Word, Excel, PDFs, webpages, everything I know I'll need and only then I start counting time.
I have an aresenal of apps that prevent digital distractions. I use app blockers including Cold Turkey and Rescuetime to prevent me from going to distracting sites instead of working. I also have found online study groups where the members keep each other accountable and sometimes also use shared pomodoro timers. You may even be able to find a real life study buddy or "body double" who can nudge you in the right direction when you get distracted
- What do you do to avoid distractions?
- Is it optimal to break up deep work periods? I understood that people don’t tend to work optimally after about a 45-minute period?
- How you can do deep work?
- What’s the best way to balance food, activities and workouts?
- How do you learn to trust yourself and trust others?
- How do I wake up early in the morning every day?
- I would like to know if you have a boss and he is really in a bad mood, how do you handle this?
- Whenever I take a break, I lose track of what my plan was and I get totally lost in shallow activities. How can I deal with this?
- What advantage do you get from deep work?
- How do you find the best time of day to do deep work?