Deep Work is the path to mastery
I have learned more in the last 12 months than any other year in my life. Deep work has been the key to the success. Deep work means uninterrupted sessions with a singular focus on an idea. No distractions! As a result of deep work, I am crystal clear in my thinking and have the deepest satisfaction in the work I produce. Here’s how I did it.
Be Humble and Choose the Right Role
By choosing not to be a CEO anymore, I have pivoted from being an expert manager towards something else. I want to master the world of innovation. I want to know it back to front. So this meant shifting to a strategic role and serving the CEO.
The context that has allowed the practice of deep work is working remote from the office. Living in Sydney and working with people in the US and Europe has meant I have 5-6 hours in the middle of my day that has very little interruption. Oh, the peace!
Practical Tips for Deep Work
Wake up early
Don’t check email, turn off all notifications
Write in dump mode, just pour out raw ideas in just a few words per line
Take a break and edit later
Research and immediately note the key idea, example or fact
Use blog posts, summaries, bullet points and infographics as tools to make your ideas concise
Read or listen to book summaries for research and inspiration
Create books, speeches, podcasts, presentations and long-form blog posts as a way to capture the complete idea.
The Benefits of Deep Work
Mental clarity in conversations at work
Deep confidence in problem-solving
Ability to explain concepts effectively
Ability to steer strategic discussions to meaningful outcomes that feel good for all participants
An enormous sense of satisfaction that I’m mastering the strategic and sometimes amorphous world of innovation.
I hope this helps everyone.
When in doubt, go deep!