Law No. 1
The idea is not just to reward this kind of work with this way of spending your time; The aim is to create habits and cultures that help to design a working life that reduce less important channels in your time and energy, and that increase the time you spend working towards your most important goals. The book discusses many different philosophies of deep work planning, including the monastery method, the assembly method, and the rhythmic method.
Law No. 2
You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. This means that not only taking breaks from all the life things you know disrupts your deep work, but also accepting breaks from that deep thought, too. This includes some meditation ideas, but the basic idea is that the more you allow your mind to wander, the more likely it is that you will stumble over big ideas.
Law No. 3
Stop social media.
Hope is not a strategy. At this stage of dealing with our problems, we want a white knight to save us. And, again, it is a low level of load that must be overcome very quickly.
Law No. 4
The concept of deep work does not mean hard work – it simply means reducing the amount of shallow work in your system. We cannot completely eliminate the need for meetings and emails, but we can often collect that kind of work and find ways to reduce it. In-depth work can actually be satisfying and rewarding at the moment, but it is incompatible with art and does not help much to achieve important long-term goals. It helps to measure the value of your activities.
Building a Perfect Workplace: Carl Jung had his own Swiss tower. Mark Twain owned a cabin on his farm in New York. UJ. K. Rowling owned a room at The Balmoral, a five-star hotel in Scotland. If you can’t afford to build a tower, buy a farm, or rent a luxury hotel room for a long time, you can still set aside space to do your deep work.
Maybe it’s an unoccupied nook, maybe there’s a room in your house right now that is always full of rubbish, maybe you can build a shed that you always dream of.
Choose a space of your choice. Make sure it is a place where you will not be disturbed.
Remove the space completely and clean it. Maybe even give the walls a new coat of paint.
Fill in your already empty space with only items that fit your creative process.
Consider getting new furniture. Maybe a desk, a comfortable chair, a book bag that you can fill with inspiration.
Don’t be afraid to invest in professional help with cleaning, painting, or assembling furniture.
In-depth Planning Tips: Plan in-depth work on your calendar. Block several hours daily or weekly when you know you will not be disturbed.
While planning your work day, try to respond every minute.
Keep track of how much work you do. Know when you are not doing enough.
Decide in advance where and when you will do your work. Try to keep it consistent.
Don’t let your emotions determine how your day goes.
Feel free to annoy people. Set expectations that you may not be available from time to time or respond quickly to emails, calls, or messages.
Talk to a manager about your in-depth job rating.
Treat yourself with a healthy salary. After you have completed your in-depth planned work, do something you have been waiting for.
Use the “shut up mantra” As a graduate student, at the end of each work day, author Cal Newport echoes the phrase, “Closing the program is planned.”
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