PRACTICES OUTLINED IN THE BOOK DEEP WORK BY CAL NEWPORT.

PRACTICES OUTLINED IN THE BOOK DEEP WORK BY CAL NEWPORT.

Practice #1: Plan Out Time for Deep Work.

After establishing what deep work is and why it’s important, Newport moves on to explain different ways to make deep work practices part of your life. The first step is carving out time that you’ll dedicate to deep work. He warns that it’s difficult to simply will yourself to do deep work on demand. It’s more effective to approach deep work with structure, habit, and discipline—in other words, to make deep work a practiced ritual.

The Four Types of Deep Work Scheduling
If you make deep work a ritual or habit, you no longer have to employ your willpower to overcome distraction. Newport says it’s most effective to set time aside specifically for focusing on deep work. To be successful at doing deep work in the long term, you’ll have to try out different schedules to see what best fits your lifestyle and needs. Newport offers four types of deep work schedules for consideration, each with different time requirements and efficacy.

Schedule Type 1: SECLUSION

Remove as many shallow work tasks from your life as possible. Spend nearly all your time on deep work.

Example: Some authors go off the grid and aren’t reachable by email or through social media. All correspondence comes in by postal mail or through their editor.
The advantage of this schedule is that you get extended periods of deep work—it becomes your default working style, not something you have to plan for. However, this isn’t feasible for most people, given the requirements of their careers.

This schedule requires you to avoid all shallow tasks, though often these tasks are a necessary part of life. To handle this, you’ll have to learn the essential skill of delegation. In Who Not How, Dan Sullivan explains that successful delegation depends on finding the best person for the job, instead of finding the best way to do the job. Instead of asking, “How can I get my shallow work done with this kind of schedule?” ask, “Who can I delegate my shallow work to?”)

…To be continued

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