Deep work is a state of peak concentration that allows you to learn difficult things and create quality work. Deep work consists of distraction-free concentration that pushes your mind’s capabilities to the limit.
The world we live in is full of distractions. It takes workers around 23 minutes to refocus on a task after they get distracted. If you can manage distractions during the hours you work, you will find yourself being more efficient with your time. Here are some ways to eliminate distractions:
- Turn off any unnecessary devices
- Give yourself a shorter timeframe to work
- Find a secluded area to avoid noise or wear noise canceling headphones
- Set daily goals
- Complete tasks as soon as possible in your workday
Learning how to eliminate distractions is easier said than done; however, if you work towards it every day, it will become part of your routine.
Construct a plan
Start off your workday by making a list of all the tasks you must complete and rank them from the highest to the lowest priority. Ranking your tasks will help you to know which tasks need to be done first.
Planning your tasks can also help reduce anxiety. It is easy to get overwhelmed by tasks and deadlines, but if you plan out your day, it will help you accomplish what needs to be done in a timely manner. Instead of being anxious about meeting deadlines, you can make a plan and strictly follow it to meet those deadlines.
Time block your sessions
Create a time limit for each task you need to complete. If there is a restriction on the available time you have, it will create more pressure for you to complete the task. Pressure can be good; it can motivate you to get things done in a short amount of time.
Restricting your work time also allows you to only concentrate on that single task or assignment. The more you can narrow down your focus to one specific task, the better quality the work will be.
Improving deep work productivity will take time. There are many distractions that can easily disrupt your mind, but if you follow these tips, you will be able to reach your peak of concentration and truly focus on the work that needs to be done. Share these tips with your employees in your next one on one meeting.