The middle of the day could get out of control. People come in, things come up that you weren’t expecting. So plan in some 45-minute or 90-minute deep work time blocks. What is a deep work time block?
Deep work – this is a phrase I picked up from our friends at Optimize. It helps us to focus on being creative. Adopt the creative mindset before the passion mindset. Be so good they can’t ignore you.
In Cal Newport’s book called Deep Work. Deep work is very different than shallow work. Deep work is when you’re doing your best. You’re completely undisturbed and you’re deeply engaged in work that matters. It is deeply meaningful for you versus shallow work where you’re flitting between distractions and not really doing a whole lot that’s adding value to the world. He says that deep work is simultaneously becoming rarer and more valuable. So map out your day with the right amount of time you need for your power blocks and go deep.
There are four key philosophical types of deep workers: The Hermit, By-Modal, Rhythm, and Journalistic. If you’re interested in learning just which philosophical type you are for deep work, click here.
I am a big fan of the 90-minute power work blocks. It is a tool that I have used to increase my productivity and focus. The 90-minute power work blocks allow you to work for 90 minutes without any distractions. This means no email, no social media, no phone calls, etc. during this time.
The 90-minute power work blocks help you to focus on your work and get more done in less time. They also help you to stay motivated and on track.
I encourage you to try the 90-minute power work blocks and see how they can help you increase your productivity and focus. Get started today. Pick a project and give it your full attention for 90 minutes.