Trying to get that big project done but can’t seem to get into it?

Feel like you need to look at your phone every 2 mins, and get up from your desk on a regular basis? Maybe it is your lack of deep concentration and your addiction to distraction.

Cal Newport in his fantastic book Deep Work talks about how we as humans have switched from a deep work ethic “professional activities performed in a state of distraction free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to the limit” to a shallow work ethic “noncognitively demanding logistical-style tasks, performed while distracted. These efforts do not tend to create high value and can be easily replicated”

This makes us wonder what type of work are we doing? Is it work that looks productive but all it is is busyness (shallow work) or is it deep meaningful work? In order for it to be deep meaningful work, we need to be free from distractions, now here is where the problem comes in. Some of us have been so conditioned to live with distractions during work that we are unable to switch into that deep work mode.

So which type of work are you doing at the moment?

Next time when you sit down to do some meaningful work try the following:

  • Find a quite space
  • Put your phone in another room/In your bag out of sight
  • Turn off the Wi-Fi on your computer to limit internet use (unless directly needed for the work itself)
  • Ensure your space is clean and tidy

“In order for it to be deep meaningful work, we need to be free from distractions”

Let me know in the comments below if these steps have helped you switch on.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,


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