“Deep work” is a trendy buzzword swirling around the productivity conversation. But what is it? Deep work is someone’s ability to work in a state of peak concentration and focus for a long period of time without interruption. Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University, coined the term and suggests that one could stop using all forms of communication for 60 to 90 minutes per day to achieve peak productivity. Deep work is different from shallow work, which is work that includes standard day-to-day tasks such as sending emails, planning meetings and using social media. While some shallow work is necessary, it often leads to people spending much of their day switching tasks and ultimately reduces their ability to perform as effectively as possible.
TIPS FOR DEEP WORK
Deep work requires a conscious effort, and if you don’t create habits to reinforce it, you are unlikely to succeed. In order to succeed, you need to plan out deep working time, remove potential distractions from your working space and stay disciplined in adhering to your plan. Consider the following tips as you experiment with deep work:
Deep work could be a great way for you to increase productivity. Try some of the above tips to see if this way of working benefits you.
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