deep work tips


Here are some deep work tips from the :

  1. Dynamic Work Modes: proposes using dynamic modes of working:

    • Focused ideation while walking or being physically active allows for a flexible mind not directed towards a specific outcome.
    • Intense focused sessions should occur while still, to maximize cognitive activity and problem-solving capabilities 1.
  2. Deliberate Practice vs. Flow: Cal Newport differentiates between deep work and flow states. He emphasizes the value of deep work, which he describes as deliberate practice, often stretching beyond one's comfort zone, unlike flow which typically occurs during performance 2.

  3. Concentration in Groups: Working with peers on a shared task, especially complex cognitive tasks, can significantly enhance concentration levels. This is attributed to the social pressure of maintaining focus and actively participating 1.

  4. Setting Work Bouts: recommends starting with 90-minute bouts of intense focused work at least once daily, even on weekends, and possibly scaling up based on your capacity to manage and maintain focus 3.

    Creative Productivity Modes

    Cal and Andrew discuss the two states of mind that enhance creativity and productivity - one with the body in motion and the mind free-flowing, the other with a still body and an active mind. Cal shares his method of maintaining focus while walking, enhancing working memory efficiency, and the power of concentrated group work in solving complex problems.

    Huberman Lab

    Dr. Cal Newport: How to Enhance Focus and Improve Productivity
  5. Modified Work Environment: Cal Newport advocates for deep work sessions starting each work day, effectively isolating them from other less demanding tasks. He also suggests preventing meetings on certain days to enhance focus and productivity 4.

These strategies can help scaffold your deep work sessions, enhancing both productivity and the quality of outcomes.