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by Cal Newport
BY KOSIO ANGELOV
Identify What Is Deep Work In Your
Your Turn Now
What Is Deep Work?
Turn Deep Work
Into A Ritual
Have A Shutdown
At a time when every one of us is constantly bombarded
by emails, meeting requests, tight deadlines and
requests from bosses and co-workers — the ability to
focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding
task can be seemingly impossible.
But, fear not, not all is lost.
Deep work is the antidote that just might do the trick for you.
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The author defines it as:
professional activities performed
in a state
of distraction-free concentration (this
is key!) that push your cognitive
capabilities to their limit. These
efforts create new value, improve
your skill and are hard to replicate.
Sounds complicated, but it really
isn’t. Let me show you how you
can start benefiting from it with just
Identify What Is Deep
Work In Your Case
You cannot do deep work if you
Decide what deep work
don’t know what that is.
yourself, don’t be
what is generally
Take the time to figure out what
type of activity will produce the
absolute best stuff you are
capable of. Keep in mind that you
are the only judge of what
activity that is.What might work
for someone (or for everyone)
might not the what works for
Turn Deep Work
Instead of having random periods of potential deep
work, schedule regular blocks of deep work — every
By removing the unknown timing and by not relying on
willpower to get started, you are setting yourself up for
Yeah, yeah, I know what you
are thinking — that you are
not distracted. That you have
already creating the perfect
environment for work. I hear
ya! But, there is always
something more you can do.
Start by choosing a working
space that is dedicated to
deep work. Put your phone
away, disconnect your
computer from the internet if
not needed and remove noise,
thirst, hunger and potentially
other people from the
In the same manner, try to
eliminate, minimize or at the
very least bulk the minial work
together and leave it for the
end of the day. Treat less
important work as a form of
distraction and leave it for
when your deep work has
Have A Shutdown Routine
Decide on a hard work cut off time. No work, deep or
shallow is to be done past this point. This will allow you
enough time to relax and recharge for the next day.
Create a work shutdown routine for yourself. That might
involve checking your messages one last time to make
sure there is nothing urgent, making a plan for the following
day or reviewing your work. Whatever it it is, get it done
and no more work is allowed after that.
Your Turn Now
And there you have it, the 4 steps to becoming a deep work
master. It takes practice, it takes dedication, but you owe it to
yourself to put it to use.
If you ever need a refresher on the Deep Work concepts, you can
always check out the animated review.
Try it out and let me know how it works by leaving a comment
below. And, if you have been doing Deep Work for a while,
curious to know how it’s going.
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