If your company is flexible and understanding of the fact that employees all work differently, try to find ways to establish agreed-upon rituals on your direct team. I’ve used a USB mini traffic light to indicate my working mode — teammates know not to interrupt me when the light is red, or to consider if the question can wait until the end of the hour if the light is yellow, let’s chat if the light is green!
The important piece to finding a successful way to establish deep working time is to ensure your team is aligned on communication expectations and why those expectations will benefit the entire company.
If you face any struggles instituting deep work time, look up some articles about “flow states” so that you’ll have stats and research to backup the need for deep work time. A 30-second “quick question” can instantly break your flow state and will cost up to 30 additional minutes to reenter that flow state.
Slack, email, open air offices and other modern technologies and amenities make ad-hoc collaboration *seem* highly valuable. But in actuality, those are crutches that allow people to not plan out their work (and dependencies on you) in advance. Try starting with a “focus hour” in the last hour of the work day where no meetings can be scheduled to allow you to at least wrap up emails and leave your work at work!
- How do you make yourself WANT to do something? Personally, I find it difficult to even get motivation to start working. What about you? Do you have any tips?
- What helps you concentrate and not get distracted during deep work?
- How do I get myself to do my fabulous routines? Most of the time I just ignore the notifications because I’m doing something else like just playing video games or just sitting on the couch watching TV.
- Do you always take a break after a deep work session? If so, what do you do during that time?
- How do you stop doing what you know to be wrong?
Most things like emails and phone calls can wait for 30 min
You can set a time window for deep work at 9:00-9:30am (or whenever is convenient) and tell yourself “This is uninterrupted, sacred work time. Any call, email, or text I get in this window can be attended to as soon as the 30 min is up”
If you have a lot of work to do, you can set up multiple 30 min deep work sessions throughout the day and the times in between can be used to check messages.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
I suggest the following
1- make a to-do list
2- making a priority for every task
3- put time for every one
4- start with the things take less than 2 min, this will give you a jump start
5- change the place, use the meeting room. Coffee shop
Please let me know the results.
- I prefer longer deep work sessions because I have read Cal Newport’s book Deep Work” . How do you customize the time and length of the deep work sessions?
- Do you try to tackle multiple small tasks or one large task during your deep work?
- My deep work is my secret project and I am my secret project to grow and heal. What are some ideas for other areas of deep work that could help me on my secret mission?
- What space do you set aside for yourself to do deep work?
- How do you get motivated to do something you have to do but dread doing??
- I feel like I have got used to the habit of distraction, especially when my phone is bymyside. Shall I leave it somewhere out of reach or try not be distracted while keeping it bymyside?
- What techniques do you use to build deep work habit?
- What do you do if you feel you’re working on something that might not be correct. As in writing an assignment but feel like you’re are doing it wrong or could work more productively?
- What is deep work really help to improve your life, how your feel?
- Do you ever get tempted by distractions ?