I fight desires all day long.
The five most common things*
that get in the way of doing deep work are:
- Taking a break
- Checking email and social media
* That’s according to a 2012 study on willpower
by Roy F. Baumeister, PhD.
I know people who say
“I worked 8 hours today.”
But how much of that work
is actual productive, focused work?
A year ago, I was in a month-long focus slump
that lasted until I overheard a friend
use the term Deep Work to describe his work.
What is Deep Work?
Professional activities performed in a state of
distraction-free concentration that push your
cognitive capabilities to the limit.
If you want to learn more about Deep Work,
listen to this week’s On Books Podcast episode
in which I discuss highlights and applications
of Cal Newport’s book Deep Work and
its influence on my own work flow.