Deep Work

What is Deep Work?

Deep Work happens when I am highly focused and productive on a task to be solved. It usually spans for a long period with no interuption.

In contrast, I would describe Shallow Work as distractive and unproductive working condition. It involves a lot of context switching, which is disruptive to my work. For example, reading/replying email or messages in the middle of your creative work.

Why Deep Work?

  • It allows me to produce high-quality work in a relatively short time.
  • It makes me peaceful at work.

How do I Deep Work?

Essentially, I want to reduce context switching and focus myself on one task at a time:

  • Work in a private space.
  • Put my cell phone away or silence it.
  • Disable system notification popups, unread message counter and annoying red dots on my app icons.
  • Close all apps which are not required to complete my work.
  • Maximize the app/program that is related to my work.

Once I finished the task, then I go back to check emails and messages that I need to reply to. After that, it’s important to take some rest. I usually go out for a 20-minute short walk, if that’s not practical, at least keep away from your computer and walk around a bit.