Making time for deep work

Now that we’re off from uni for the holidays, I can’t really update you on what we’re doing at school lately (not that I’ve been sticking to the Sunday=weekly summary plan religiously). Therefore, I want to write about finding time for deep work during the holidays.

“Deep work” is such a productivity blogosphere buzzword-phrase, but like most commonly used phrases, it has something to it. Take a look at this TED talk that I’ve embedded below on how difficult it is to actually work when our work time is fragmented by outside obligations:

When asking myself the 10 questions from one of my most recent blog entries, I decided pretty early on that I wasn’t going to try to fit my work in between Christmas parties and other obligations. If I’d already deemed my revising as important enough to plan into my holiday, it would be important enough to get its own fixed timeslot in my daily calendar. Which led me to this conclusion; that two-hour timeslot should be as sacred as any other obligation, and should be kept just like a commitment you would make to another person.

How to keep that kind of non-obligatory plan is the subject of another post, but if we circle back to deep work, I decided that those two hours should 1. not be uninterrupted by my phone and 2. not be scheduled over unless completely necessary. I’m hoping that by keeping this promise to myself I can get some valuable deep work done. I’ll keep you posted on how the revising is going during the holidays, but for now, I suggest you read this very short blog post that inspired this entry, and have a great Fourth Sunday of Advent!