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 do deep work when you need a computer and therefore have to be surrounded by other people – and distractions?
- What different techniques help you stay mindful?
- How do you follow your routines without getting distracted?
- How to start to do Deep Work if you have a very little spare time?
- How do you keep motivated when your deep work runs amok and your options don’t seem to be working out like you thought they would or would’ve liked them to?
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.
- 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?