I try to "chunk" my time to focus on one task at a time. Also, as counterintuitive as I may seem, making sure I take true, restful breaks really improves my energy and stamina, which helps improve focus and prevent procrastination. In such an intellectually challenging position it's better to take breaks to work at your peak efficiently than to push through and make mistakes. Be kind to yourself and celebrate what you do accomplish. Theres always more to do but recognize how far you've come to stay motivated. Good luck! Take care of yourself.
I put my phone in do not disturb, use Windows Focus Assist, and I start every work day with a minimum of 15 minutes of dissertation work no matter what else is on my plate that day.
- How do you block distraction if you work in an open space and people around you are loud or don’t care about interrupting you?
- What can I do to get back into my deep work if I get stuck?
- What is the best time of day to enter into Deep Work?
- How do you keep other people in your household from interrupting you when you’re trying to do Deep Work or to meditate?
- How do you define or identify a deep work task?
- How do you minimize phone distractions when your phone is needed for deep work. Ex: a lot of the programs I use require dual factor authentication to log in which requires a verification text be sent to my phone. They routinely time out after 20 minutes or so of not being in use and require me to log in again. Then I end up down a rabbit hole of checking stuff on my phone
- How many hours a day you consider a good day of work ?
- I’m starting to get in the groove of things again when it comes to finding what will be a work/life balance? What have been your most successful ways to truly developing a Deep Work habit?
- How can I know that I am fully concentrating?
- Do you find yourself procrastinating when you need to start a project? If so how do you get out of that mindset?