Distraction is like Smoking! Yeah, it’s in the same poisonous league.
Even Dilbert is a victim!
The constant buzz of the phone by annoying telemarketers to sell you yet another credit card, the ambient noise created by your cheerful colleagues in open office layouts, the enticement of checking new WhatsApp messages, the pull of yet another stranger following you on Twitter, the seduction for Likes on your facebook post, tendency to reply to instant messages delivered via the owl or your-choice-of-attention-robbing-workplace-messenger.
You consume a lot. Most of zero intellectual calories.
I can’t help but wonder if we are controlling these apps or if we are being controlled. In Tyler Durden’s words from one of my favorite movies Fight Club–
Our days have been completely transformed.
*If it’s different then I want to talk to you. You are an anomaly. And, I hate you!
So, what can you do if you care about your work and have this innate desire to produce great work every day? What can you do if you are pissed at yourself for these distractions ruling you?
What is Deep Work?
Cal Newport, the person who coined this word, says- “Deep work is when you focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task,”
So if you can’t go five or ten minutes without glancing at your phone or email, even if it’s work-related, then you are doing shallow work. Read this to get a better understanding of Deep Work.
Why should you practice it?
It’s like asking if you want your work to matter. Of course, you do and the only way to do is put your heart into it. You can only put your heart into something if you were completely focused on it. Read this excellent post on why you should learn the art of doing Deep Work, especially in today’s distracted world.
How can you do deep work?
Start small. Here is a great tip by a psychologist to do Deep Work. And, oh yeah, you would get to learn about Pavlovian Dogs and our work habit similarities with them
If you work in teams, you could follow this simple advice to identify and Practice deep work in teams.
What would be the benefits?
There are immense benefits of doing deep work. For example, you would produce a higher creative output. To read the other 3 benefits – here’s a fabulous blog post on why deep work gives you a competitive advantage.
Or, if you are an avid reader, you could just pick Deep Work, a profound book on understanding the importance of focused work. It has practical strategies to help combat the problem of distractions and I would highly recommend some of the practices listed in the book. It will be life-changing for you.
You could potentially become the next Carl Sagan.
Last but not the least, I’ve been listening to James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go on loop. A beautiful love song.
A big hug,
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