Deep Work is valuable
The proportion of rewards returned to those who own intelligent machines or can work with them is growing. A venture capitalist in today economy can fund a company like Instagram, which was eventually sold for a billion dollars while employing only thirteen people.
Three Main Groups to benefit from the Digital future.
- Who can work well and creatively with machines
- Who are pioneer or expert of their trade
- Those with access to capital.
How to become winners in the new economy
- Ability to quickly master hard things
- Ability to produce elite level in terms of both quality and speed
Learning is the never-ending game now. You should always be ready to invest time in new things as part of your trade. These two core abilities depend on your ability to do deep work. Performance psychology concludes that to become an expert, you require to do two things.
- Focus and concentration
- Feedback loops
Focus and centration create better neuron circuits effectively cementing your skillset. If you concentrate on too many things at the same time, you are not training your brain.
High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent)X(Intensity Of Focus)
Type of work that optimizes your performance is deep work. There are specific fields of our economy where depth work is no valued still by research when your attention become less fractured your performance improves. Scrum methodology hence which replaces a lot of ad-hoc messaging with structured, efficient meeting and giving more time back to individuals to think deep, which enhances the overall quality of their work.
Deep Work is Rare
Current culture embraces distraction and has an unstable foundation. Examples: Open Plan offices, Instant messaging, Social media feeds. Principle of Least resistance states that various business keeps doing all these non-productive depthless work as there is no way to prove the clear value that depth work will produce for the company bottom line.
Principle of busyness as a proxy for productivity states in the absence of clear indicators of productivity many workers goes toward the old idea of doing a lot of stuff visibly. So workers tries to convince himself and others that you are doing well by showing how busy you are. Constant in touch attitude of internet generation is also adding to non-deep work.
Principle of Bad for Business. Good for You states that even organization don’t prioritize deep work, but for and individual if he cultivates it, becomes more valuable as it becomes rare at workplaces. Deep work is satisfying, and in developing your skill, you create a market mismatch, and you thrive professionally.
Strategies to Integrate Deep work into Your life
There are many different ways to integrate deep work into your life, but the author provides a few different types, so to choose whatever works for the individual.
The Monastic Philosophy of Deep Work Scheduling
This approach cuts down all digital communication and keeps it to a minimum possible level to produce high-quality work. It works for people who’s work is apparent, individualized (Writers).
The Bimodal Philosophy of Deep Work Scheduling
Under this approach, you dedicate clearly defined time for deep pursuits and leaving the rest open to everything else. During Deep time, no distraction only intense and uninterrupted concentration. Stretch could be week-long or month-long based on different time frames. Deep work provides nourishment to Deep ideas and propels profound growth.
The Rhythmic Philosophy of Deep Work Scheduling
It revolves around persons ability to do hard things consistently day in day out and create a habit out of it.
- Chain method to create a visual reminder of work done regularly on a calendar (Famously called the Jerry Seinfeld method).
- Adding some 2 hours every morning before your workday starts.
This philosophy is most common among the working class.
The Journalistic Philosophy of Deep Work Scheduling
This philosophy person tries to switch to deep work whenever he gets spare time. This approach is not for a deep work novice. Year of practice give people the ability to switch between shallow and deep mode of the brain. Also, a person should have confidence in his abilities as a prerequisite.
This approach signifies the importance of creating rituals, doing things the same time under similar circumstances with some level of strictness. The central point that comes out it not to wait for inspiration but to work consistently. Some points can help.
- Where you’ll work and for how long.
- How you’ll work once you start to work (Metric, Rules).
- How you’ll support your work (Right Food, Walking, Materials)
Make Grand Gestures
This approach takes some initiative to take a break from familiar surrounding and move someplace else to do deep work. But real factor here is the psychology of committing to something which unlocks the needed mental resources. Sometimes to go deep, you must first go big.
Don’t Work Alone
I collaboration workplaces where different kind of people work together author realized its better to have a chance encounter as well as isolated deep thinking places. Private office connected by shared hallways is better then open plan office with no deep thinking personal space.
Brain need some idle time to function for deep thought. Shallow work should take a backseat if deep mind needs to be engaged. A person needs to take downtime after work, where no shallow work should be discussed.
- Downtime Aids Insights
- Downtime Helps Recharge the Energy Needed to Work Deeply
- The Work That Evening Downtime Replaces Is Usually Not That Important
The ability to concentrate intensely is a skill that must be trained. Also, you need to remove the dependency on distraction. We think we avoid activities because we lack motivation but its the mental training we are lacking. In boredom, we seek distractions. Constant attention switching online has a lasting negative effect on your brain. Once your brain has become accustomed to distraction, it is hard to shake of distraction when you want to concentrate. When every boredom takes you to a smartphone, then it’s not ready for deep work. Overcome your desire for distraction.
Don’t Take Breaks from Distraction Instead Take Breaks from Focus.
- Stay away from technology at least one day a week. Create internet blocks, after those internet blocks don’t use technology.
- Be mindful of distraction.
Quit Social Media
If you want to keep friendship, keep is off social media. Do activities like walking, dinner, sports. It would be best if you took time and care to decide which digital tools you allow to claim your own time and attention. Don’t Use the Internet to Entertain Yourself by clicking from one article to next, from one app to other.
Drain the Shallows
When people have less time to do the same work, they value time more and waste less.
Quantify the Depth of Every Activity
Finish Your Work by 5:30 Pm
Become Hard to Reach
- Make People Who Send You E-mail Do More Work (Send me an email If?)
- Do More Work When You Send or Reply to Emails.
- Don’t Respond to verbose email which does not have clear reason to respond (Sender should have a convincing case to get a response).
Cal Newport has done an excellent job in explaining the need and benefits of deep work. Then he moves to how to remove distraction and achieve deep work. This book has excellent insights and does create fears in you about your daily habits. A lot more is in the countless examples that are given by the author. I tried my best to do justice to distil books idea. Please read it thoroughly if you want to gain more insights.