About a year ago, I read Cal Newport’s book called Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. This book exposed me to a new world. It also had a tremendous impact on my life by shifting the way I viewed my time, my skills and my ability to focus deeply.
The thesis of the book is essentially this:
- If you want to achieve extraordinary results in your work, it’s imperative to cultivate habits that will facilitate your ability to focus deeply on cognitively demanding tasks.
Over the next few months, I have several projects, goals and fitness milestones I
need will complete. They are absolutely essential and non-negotiable. Deep work will help me achieve these goals.
Preparing Myself for Deep Work
Starting tomorrow, I’m restarting my new deep work routine. To facilitate and enforce deep work I’ve decided to:
- use Freedom app to block distractions on my iPhone and Mac.
- change my cell phone plan data plan to just 1GB.
Being disciplined enough to not engage in distracting activities during certain hours of the day is difficult and requires some mental effort. These apps will help with that, so I don’t deplete my will power and energy, but most importantly enforce the routine.
Initial Difficulties with Applying Deep Work
In the past, when I started doing deep work a few weeks on and off, these were some the things I felt:
- Fear of missing out on news, social media etc.
- Tendencies to want to go back to my electronic devices for distracting purposes as soon as I got bored or hit a difficult problem
- Doubts about whether or not deep work is worth it (it is, but it takes a few days to get use to)
The aforementioned feelings are normal the first few days & will subside.
Huge shoutout and thanks to a recent new friend, Madison Kanna, for telling me about freedom app. It’s definitely going to help me a lot this time around. Madison is also the first person I’ve ever met who has been highly committed to deep work, which I think is rare and cool.
If it’s your first time hearing about deep work or your not sure what it’s about, checkout the short video link below. Cheers!