​What is Deep Work?

Jun 20, 2022


From my Banging Toolkit I’m picking out a theme to help you get the best out of what you do, because I know that we work hard so we have more parts of our jobs that we truly enjoy. I write about music, me time, meditation and more and today’s theme is around ‘motivation’ as I explore a new trend I’ve seen around a lot & experience daily for myself; Deep Work.​

What is Deep Work?

Well, it’s a way to describe that moment when you really focus on something complicated that requires your full attention. It’s a way of working that needs your concentration and therefore allows you to learn hard things or maybe take in big, chunky pieces of information.

How do you get into ‘Deep Work’?

It’s based on the thinking that removing distractions gets your brain working to its highest potential. So, to keep it simple, take away the things that grab your attention. Taking yourself to a spot without internet, or spending time somewhere that doesn’t make you think of the chores you need to do.

How often do I need to do this?

However much it suits you! Bill Gates takes himself to a cabin in the woods, away from tech, for a ‘think week’ twice a year. And Cal Newport, the author of ‘Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World’, suggested that you step away from communication platforms and work for 60-90 mins a day at least.

Am I saying we all need to take ourselves to a secluded cabin…?!

Nope, not at all! But replicating just a bit of that feeling can help us to rewire our brain to get our head down and really focus on learning more difficult things. Wrapping your head round a big spreadsheet, writing a proposal, making impactful decisions or even picking up a new skill like a language or coding. These are all things which can have a big influence on our business and general wellbeing.

Want to learn more? Read this article and I recommend this book, catch it on audiobook if you prefer!

I’d love to know how you approach this – I can’t wait to support you!

Love, Jessica x

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