Why you don’t improve? Because you waste too much time in shallow work.
Shallow work characteristics:
1- Easy, anyone can do it.
2- Attractive, because it is easy.
3- Rich in personal interaction, which we enjoy.
Shallow work examples:
1- E-mail replies.
2- Logistical planning.
3- Tinkering with social media.
Shallow work leads to job dissatisfaction.
Deep work leads to real satisfaction and remarkable career.
Deep Work characteristics:
1- Cognitively demanding activities.
2- Leverage our training.
3- Generate rare and valuable results.
4- Push our abilities to continually improve.
Deep Work benefits:
1-Continuous improvement of the value of your work output.
2- An increase in the total quantity of valuable output you produce.
3- Deeper satisfaction (aka., “passion”) for your work.
How to integrate deep work into your specific job ?
Go around deep work and prepare the scene for the action by stopping every other shallow work first then bring all the requirements for deep work.
Set a big goal for weeks – a valuable goal and why it is valuable, then a small goals for every session. At the end of this one or two hours deep work, I expect this result.
You have to struggle but not blocked while doing deep work. Google, read a book, think deeply, do sketching, ask an expert, google again. Find a task that is not easy and not very difficult, so that you extract the most out of your current ability and then improve.
Calculate how much time you spend per day in deep work sessions.