Deep work is a great book to reveal the insights to increase your focus and help you to lay some solid foundation to start your deep focus journey. Carl has done a great job explaining the real strategy and examples, how one can start this journey in one’s life.
So I am starting to use some ways as describe in the book to start the deep focus journey. List will progress as I adapt the learning from the book in my life.
- Removing the distraction from the work desk, space, where you work, should have all the essentials which are necessary for your work(water, paper, pens) and have no things which cause any time of distraction(Mobile phone, Rubik’s cube…).
- Use time blocking to maintain your schedule, no excuse.
- Be flexible with the schedule and also have buffers in the slots for any urgent task.
- Avoid the craving of checking social media every few minutes, this all weakens the power of your deep work.
- If your work allows, don’t rush to reply to Slack messages as soon as they pop, and should disable the pop-up notification. First I was confused about this then I have a call with my Co-Founder about that, he was cool with that :).
- Always jot down the next day’s tasks with the time blocking so, you don’t have to waste the morning to layout out all the things. As in my case, I have not any visibility of the things beforehand, but do know the things which I have to initiate in the morning and have my time blocking thing ready and add up things as the day passes by.