We all have had those times when we’re feeling a little crunched for time, we have so much to do, but so little time… but what if someone told you that you could get more done in less time? That would be impossible right? Not according to Cal Newport’s idea of “deep work.”
What is Deep Work?
Deep work is the idea of doing more with the little time you have by becoming more mindful of where you’re directing your focus and for how much time.
Often times we split up our time into smaller intervals. You spend 10 minutes writing up a report, get a notification that you’ve got a new email and switch your focus over to that for 5-10 minutes replying, then go back to work on your report until you’re interrupted by yet another notification. Sound familiar? It has happened to all of us, in this “always on” fast-paced society that we live in we feel the need to respond immediately and multi-task to try to speed things up, but it’s not always what’s best for us or our time.
Deep work is asking focus on just 1 task at a time for longer intervals of time. Why? When we switch from 1 task to another it takes time to flip the switch to get started on a new task, this takes time and energy. If you take a short break every 10 minutes just to check in on what’s happening in social media, you’re wasting more time than you realize!
Why is Deep Work so Beneficial?
Deep works allow us to stop wasting time and work more quickly, giving us more time to relax and do the things we love! You’ll feel more productive, less anxious, and less worn-down at the end of the day.
What Can I do to Become More Productive?
First, eliminate distractions. Turn off notifications on your phone and computer. Use computer programs in full-screen mode to help declutter and reduce distraction. Put calls through to voicemail or tell the secretary to hold your calls, chances are that most of those phone calls you get can wait an hour, if not a whole day! Second, set your mind to the ONE task at hand and get to work. Sounds simple right? Well, there’s a little more to it than that, but those 2 steps are a pretty good start.
To learn more about Deep Work and how to effectively put it to use for you and start managing your time better, check out the Cal Newport’s book,