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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

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8 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is Deep Work?

    • 3. Goals and Purpose Setting

    • 4. Set Up Your Deep Work Routine

    • 5. Reducing Environment Distractions

    • 6. Scoreboard For Accountability

    • 7. Mindsets For Success

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class

Deep Work is the skill of remaining focused on the demanding task at hand.

If you've found yourself feeling overworked yet underachieving, this class is for you. 

If you're a student who often leaves their work till the last minute just like I was, for your own sake, invest in deep work. I wish I could go back to school with this knowledge.

This interactive SkillShare class aims to help you create a deep work lifestyle that reduces your working hours, increases your production and clarifies your purpose/goals.

You'll learn how to set up a consistent work schedule, follow a shutdown ritual, make your environment work for you, collect data and manipulate variables such as eating food or fasting before your work to determine your most optimum work habits.

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1. Introduction: Being able to get into a deep workflow is probably one of the most important skills. So in this course I'm going to try and teach you every single thing I've learned about it recently. This course is for you if you're one of those domestic students who leaves all your work up until one or two days before the deadline. Or maybe if you've signed a business or you're in your career and you just don't seem to start doing the work. And maybe if you find yourself working all day and then it's nighttime, you check the time and you're just disappointed. You feel like you actually haven't made major progress in the day, but you have actually felt like you worked all day. If you're feeling stressed from the work or if you're feeling like you're not performing optimally, especially in the business and the career. You're competing against other people. Ability to work and to get to this Deep Work Mode literally determines your success. And finally, what I'm going to teach you in this course is going to change your life if you're one of the people who start doing work, but then you get distracted because your environment is working against you, not for you. If you give me your full attention and you follow this course as best as you can, you're going to get some major benefits. The first one is that I'm going to walk you through my new goal setting process and haven't actually shown this process to anyone else, not even on YouTube, Skillshare or anything. So it's going to be like you're part of the exclusive club who were seen exactly how I've been able to structure my new direction in life. You're going to accomplish more in 90 minutes of work than you usually do in an entire day. And know that this sounds like really, really fake. And over the top, I promise you in 90 minutes, you're going to accomplish more than you normally do in an entire day. And the work that you do is going to be off such higher-quality than normal. So this means that you're going to be producing like the most meaningful work. And this has some kind of philosophical benefit where you actually feel more fulfilled because you've been producing something that you're proud of. If you follow this course, you're going to be increasingly focus in your presence and your distractions are gonna go down. Because finally, we're going to make sure that your environment is actually setting you up for success. And finally, this course and the idea of deep work is not about working hard all day, every day. I'm not part of the hustle culture of wake up at five AM and make sure you work all day, every day and don't speak to anyone. Beetle, be lonely. I'm not doing that. The point of this course and the point of deep work in general is to prioritize the most important pieces of work and then the shallow work that isn't so important, but it makes us feel a little bit busy. We started drastically reduce that. And this has such a huge benefit because it literally means that your work time in your day is going to be severely reduced. So you're going to have more time in your day for your friends, your family to actually unwind, instead of always being in that work mode, 24, 7. 2. What is Deep Work?: Let's begin with a brief summary of exactly what Deep Work is, why we're here. Something that's in various mentions in his book, The 4 Hour Work Week. A lot is that we're now in this culture, this hustle culture of being busy all day, working all day. Oh, I'm I'm checking my emails to a 100 times a day. It's like we're in this new culture of social media stunting, of wanting to be the person who works the longest hours. And you probably already know that doesn't not good for you. The idea behind deep work is that you focus on just a few very, very absolutely crucial tasks. You put all your effort into them for just a couple of hours per day. And those are the things that after you spend 90 minutes on the most important task, you're going to feel like you've just had a major accomplishment. The point of deep work is to focus on those tasks and then stop focusing almost entirely on the shadow tasks that we spend most of our time with. This is based on the Pareto Principle, the 80 20 rule. The 80 20 rule roughly means that 20 percent of the random stuff that we do would give us 80% of the result that we want. And that's all that we care about. All we wanna do is start focusing on this 20% of the most important tasks and this 80% of tasks that, 80 percent, uh, tasks that only give us a small amount of reward we actually wanted almost entirely stopped doing them straight away. This is now a limiting belief that comes into mind and you might think, but because the 80 percent would still give us 20 percent of results. So maybe we should keep the end because I'd rather get the 20 percent. This is the mindset that I'm going to hope to destroy. This is the EMI benefit mindset where you're thinking, but there is some benefit to do in 10 hours of email, checking every day and spending hours doing your logo and your business plan. There is some benefit. And that is true. There is some benefit, but you've got to think there is a huge sacrifice. The most ideal scenario is that you spend a couple hours on the 20 percent that deep work tasks and you spend almost the entire rest of the day unwinding, resting, having fun, and so you wake up tomorrow again, really focus for the 20 percent of tasks. Deep work is periods of undistracted, relentless focus on those 20 percent tasks. And you'll find out what those important tasks are for you when we talk about the goal setting, there's a study that I want to just quickly tell you the results of Tim Ferriss mentioned this in a really old video of his. It was buy King's College in London, UK. They tested participants, either stoned, so they smoked weed beforehand before it completing some kind of task, or by getting messages on their phone and getting messages on their phone was a bigger distraction and literally be in high, that's going to make your jaw dropped because honestly, most of the days I've ever worked in my life, I've technically been worse than high because I've been doing the work. Just checking my phone because I'm bored quickly reply to a message, thinking it doesn't really cost you much because, you know, it's a reply to a message or an email that she takes a minute, max, few seconds mostly wasn't really explained well in the book, Deep Work by Cal Newport is that the seconds it takes to reply to a message is not the true consequence. It's actually like your brain's power, your brain's attention is diverted so much more than you believe. So imagine if I was on like 90 percent focus really, really doing bits. You'd imagine that I might have literally lost 1% of focus when I go and reply to a message. But actually they said that you lose about 15 to 17 minutes of your progress with literally every single notification that you check. 3. Goals and Purpose Setting: Let's move on to the next section and set some goals. I highly suggest you follow me in this part of the course, even if you feel like you've already set your goals before, because then you'll have a piece of paper exactly like mine. Deeper in mindset is to act like you've already got it. You'll see the exact terms like that. The tense that I write in is that I am, I already. You've got to visualize it like this and you'll see why. So with a new piece of paper, write your purpose at the top. Just write whatever your purpose is because this is what your goals are going to be aimed towards. You can see here's the top section of my goals where I've wrote my purpose. Then we're going to have alpha goals, beta goals and lead measures. I'll break down what these are. Alpha goals, afraid this is like your identity goal. Beta goals is the motivational goal. This is the thing that you look and you can see the exact same result that you would get from this. And finally, the lead measure is like the habits. So let's begin with the Alpha goals. This is the identity that you have already. This is how we're going to write it, that we already have this identity. And this is the identity that's going to lead us to fulfill our purpose. So for example, you will write a top grade student, don't write I will be don't right? I want to be I am a top grade sheet and we don't have enough time to want to change ourselves. You've got to already start to frame your identity as such, if you're into the red pill, do probably are because if you've been watching my stuff frame is so important. And so the point of this alpha goal is to frame it like you already have the right identity. I am a revolutionary YouTuber, I am a cult leader. I am a life-changing self-improvement coach, a life-changing writer, write it like this top leaving. The point of this section is that you start really, really believe in this new identity of yours because then you've framed yourself as such and then the entire world is going to enter your frame. Can't stress how important this section is, even if it might seem a little bit wishy-washy, setting your identity clearly laid out the you already are. So, so important. So next we've got the beta goals. This is the motivation goals. And for this we're going to follow the smart goal technique. The point of this section of the Beta goals is just to remind yourself why you're doing this grind essentially what the rewards would be for you at the end of the year. So think about exactly what you want from the identity and from the goals that you're setting for yourself, for example, one of the ones I've got amass an audience of 50000. The reason why we're writing these down is to excite ourselves. So when I see there's a massive audience, 50000, I think. Okay, how nice would it be if I had 50000 subscribers? I, I got a feeling of power and leadership and influence from the right, your motivational beta goals down next to the Alpha goals. And finally, we have the lead measures, just the habits that you're gonna do to achieve the Beta motivational goals. So for example, my Beta goal was to amass an audience of 50000. Well now my lead measure is to produce two to four high-quality videos per week. So for this lead measure, you can write what you'd produce, whether it's a video or the number of words, or a nice and easy way is just how many hours per week you'll put into, how many hours of deep work you've put into it. And now your page should look similar to mine. And that is so, so powerful because your life plan is literally on one page and the lead measures the weekly habits. That's what we're going to be doing in the deep work blocks. 4. Set Up Your Deep Work Routine: We're onto the next section. This is setting up the most optimum deep work routine. I'm going to walk you through my step-by-step routine. Just listen to it and start to just get ideas of how exactly you could take some parts of my routine and put it into yours. So I've been doing a bit of data collection on this. This is how I've been able to completely optimize my routine. So this is how it begins. I go to sleep about 9.59 PM and I wake up at about 08:00 AM. Immediately, I do some grasses you journal and literally like one minute worth and meditate for half an hour. I go downstairs and make coffee and come back up as I'm completely fascinated and started in 19 minute block of work. So currently I've been writing a story, so I set a timer to write 90 minutes now, on all of this time, since I woke up, since a gratitude journal, I meditate, I made the coffee. I haven't checked my phone once. I literally have not checked my phone wants I think that is so incredibly important. One time I checked my phone's a message my clients back, and that day I attract the data of it and my performance in the deep work block was actually like 25 percent reduced. And I literally only suddenly three messages. So now I wake up at don't look at my phone whatsoever. Gratitude, journal, meditate, fasted coffee, and it begins to start my deep work of writing. Now what I do is I use this little software. You can just easily find one on online or whatever. I use a software which is like little timer and it just counts down from 9090 minutes. And so what I do is for my data collection, which are highly suggest you do as well. You make a new documents for data collection on your deep work. And the purpose of that is then to optimize your routine, because you'll have to change a few variables to see what really works just before I start the timer, what I do is I know how many words I've currently got and I set myself a goal. So as I'm writing in the Navy minutes maybe three to five times. Look at the goal which have row on the timer. So usually I set the goal for about 3000 words Psi, right? 3000 words in 90 minutes and write, you know, exactly how many words I would be on at the end of the timer. And that's like me trying to compete with myself. That in itself is such a huge, huge factor. You can't realize how important that factor is. Because this factor of, of setting yourself somewhat of a challenge in the 90-minute block that's invoking Parkinson's law. Parkinson's law is like a very, very famous, well-known productivity tactic. It just means that when you set yourself a deadline, you will achieve the work in that deadline. So you set yourself a deadline of the 90-minute Deep Work block and exactly what you want to achieve in that time. And so I write 3 thousand words in 90 minutes because I've set the intention to do so. So the 90 minutes goes past, I do a lot of work in my brain feels a little bit Friday, but I feel okay to do another block. So what I do is I get up from my desk, I refill my water bottle, I go to the toilet, I do like no 510 minutes of like random stuff. And I come back and then do my 90 minutes of the next block. So I only do two blocks a day. The next block I don't do the same writing, but instead I do, for example, at some kind of business work, I wrote the script for this course and the Duke mean detox course, the same thing. So far, it probably be about 11:00 AM. I still haven't checked my phone once. I literally have not checked my phone, even ones have not seen a single e-mail. I'm not seeing anything. So imagine how presence and how focused I currently am. Finally, the second block of deep work finishes. That's a total of three hours that day. I usually finish in about 12 PM. I update the data collection for the second block and about 12 PM after around 3.554 hours after a week. Note is the first time I checked my phone is so important. I literally don't check my phone, not even one not even one single notification until around three to four hours after a woken up. Then after my second Deep Work block, It's my normal day. I go and lift away to take my coaching calls and do the business stuff. So think about everything I just said, you can rewind and just break down exactly what I've said. How exactly Could you use this into your normal routine? You probably can't take everything. But what I would say is if possible, your schedule might not allow it, but if possible, if you could do deep work first thing after waking up, that would be the best-case scenario. So people can't do that because you've got some kind of obligation like a university lecturer or some kind of coal at ATM or nine AM, if possible, we'd like you to wake up relatively early. Do at least one block first before you do anything else. Because this way you'd be getting the priority task done before you had to ever look at your work or your studies or your phone. If you can't do that, then just have this mindset that you're going to be flexibly adding in deep work whenever you can see, we'll go about your normal section. Anytime you realize that you've got roughly 45 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, you just quickly go and start doing the deep work. So another important part of setting this routine is the shut down ritual. This is something that the author mentions in the book. So I'll walk you through it briefly. We use a shutdown ritual which is a C just like a checklist of when we want to end work because we don't want, is that American capitalist? Oh, I work every day. I don't need I don't need breaks. I'll just kill myself. No, we're not doing them. What we want is a very nice work-life balance, which has a clear split at the end of work. If you don't have some kind of ritual routine to end the workday, well, you'll find, especially if you're self employed, if you're a student, it's kinda like you're on the clock literally all day, every day and does not what you want because it'll seep into your normal life. You'll be thinking about your studies as you go to bed. That's not what we want. So the shutdown ritual, I'll just have it onscreen as a screenshot. You can write this up on your phone and you live, you just have a little bit of a routine where you just kinda do the same things like a checklist, you just follow roughly at the same time, if possible. So mine actually is quite late because I have to do after all my coaching calls. So usually it's about 07:00 PM after I've done it. It's like it feels like a weights dropped off and you no longer are coach you no longer the shoot and you're no longer the businessman, you just do. And now you want the light down, for example, without thinking about work, there's 1 in the shutdown ritual which is planned for tomorrow. That's very, very useful. And so I'll scroll down the screen right now. And so what I do is I just write like a routine checklist for the next day. So what I walked you through for this deep block routine is just what I have as a checklist as well. And so that's like it walks me through the steps. But to be honest, it was good for the first few days just to kinda remember what to do. But honestly, after like three days, you don't even need to look at it anymore. And if you're wondering, bolts on, this is completely separate entity, just like a 20-second breathing exercise. 5. Reducing Environment Distractions: Very, very important section. Now I'm going to teach you how to reduce it distracting environments. Because if you haven't purposely put some intention into reducing these distractions, your environments is messing up your work rates. And you gotta find that just by changing a few things, your work quality and your work rate and what you produce is going to be so much better. The most important change I made that I urge you to do literally right now as you hear me say this is to disable the notifications on your phone. Now you don't it's not like you completely disable them, so you know, so you don't see anything. On iPhone for example, Android will probably have something similar. You can go into settings on to notifications, and there's a setting for show notification. When you click on that, you can press never. All it will do is you'll still get a notification, but instead of it showing the person who's messaged you and what their messages or the e-mail and exactly what the email is. A literature says, Gmail, What's up? Youtube. And this way, when you do see the notification by accident, You know, our force of habit, you looked at your phone in the morning or you see in his YouTube, you're not seeing like the angry comment from someone who already seen his dad. You're not seeing your dad's message that he's this ONE issue because it's what's inside these messages that like messes up our mind when we're actually trying to focus on some work. I highly suggest you go and do this right now. Whatever your phone settings, disable notifications, put them onto something where they don't show. Next is to use the Do Not Disturb feature. Iphones have got this and again, I Androids and if anyone's have got Windows Phone has probably got the same thing on iPhone, you can let you just scroll up and it's like the little crescent moon, you press on that and now you don't actually get any kind of notification that lights up your screen, which again is so entirely in Poland, we want our fall into feel like it's almost switched off when it's actually powered on. Now we want to do the same thing with our PC, because now PCs and some browsers actually do have notifications for emails. And we want to stop all that. Some people, for example, have like their email or something that would distract them as their homepage or some. It's two specific, there's too many things that could potentially be happening. So this is up to you. You've got to think right now on your PC or on your phone, is there something that could take your focus away when you didn't want to purposely see it. Because you might think, oh, no, but purposely I do, I do wanna see my e-mails and I know you've got plenty of time to see the emails after your deep work block. You've got plenty of time to see the notifications after you Deep Work block. What we don't want is that azure trying to do your work or before you tried to set up your work, you get an email and then you think of going to go reply to this. And now it's just running in your head and your performance in your work and the quality of your work just goes down. So there is a mindset for you right now. Think of it like this. I like to just say it's the pure morning, a pure morning without any kind of contamination with anything outside of you. So when you wake up by the time you finished your deep work block, you'd like to have listening, no outside influence to your focus. Like a big could almost feel like you're in prison in one of those psychopathic jails where it's just you in the jail cell and it's all covered. That that would literally be the ideal scenario for this. That would, that would be so amazing to be just inside of a box without any kind of Internet, apart from specifically the Internet required to do your deep work task. And so with this mindset of keeping the pure morning, you've got to start to build this habit of not checking your phone when you first wake up. We always do this. You know why? There's two reasons. One, the dopamine and we are dopamine agonists. We are crack at this dopamine into, it feels productive when you wake up and you check your email straightaway. So if you're in work mode and if you check, you swipe up the e-mail. If you reply to one, a reply to a message or for me at Wake up and a message my coaching clients straight away, it felt like I did work. But how how effective, how valuable was that work that you just did compare that to your real deep work task, that lead measure that's actually going to get you to those beta goals that you are so motivated for parts are priority. And this isn't to say did not do stuff on your phone. As soon as your deep work block is over, go through your phone, reply to all of the messages. And this will actually will save you so much time because in the first few hours of the day, what will happen is that your messages will batch up. So this is a technique that Tim Ferriss mentions. What we're, what we're doing is we're applying to our messages and our notifications slower. And so by the time we do take the time to reply to them, They've batched up and we've now got 10 messages instead of just two. And this way, you're actually in the flow of things and you reply to all of the e-mails, all of the messages or notifications, so much more efficiently. And finally, reducing your distracting environments is to try to reduce or elite move your obligations. So for example, you might wake up and you have to do something with your family. You might have to let the dog out for a poop or something. You might, you know, it's going to be specific to you. Think about right now, your specific life situation. What exactly do you have to do in the mornings or at the deep work time, if possible, try and see. Okay, Can I move it later? Can I first wake up and do it really, really quick or if possible, I like to just do it's three hours after I've woken up. The worst possible scenario is that you begin the deep work and then you get distracted halfway through it, you to check the messages. You got a call from your family, your dad's knocking on and say, No, you haven't you haven't taken the dog for a walk, you haven't taken the benzo, worst possible case scenario, anything like that. Try and think OK. And know for a fact if I don't do this work in the morning, daddy's going to yell at me. So try and think of your own specific tactic to either do it way before or to do afterwards. 6. Scoreboard For Accountability: So the next section is the scoreboard for accountability. This is what my scoreboard looks like. It's literally just like a tally of how many hours have done deep work for. It's right there, a little stuck up on my wall. And every single time I do the 90-minute block, I grabbed my pink sharpie and then do like 1.5 lines of the tally in the deep workbook, they mentioned that this is actually really, really important. And they say, keep a compelling school board because, you know, in self-improvement accountabilities, absolutely vital. In fact, I literally made a profitable business just by giving accountability to people. I was making more money than I've ever made just because people wanted me to hold them accountable. Now you can do that yourself for free. The cost of pink sharpie and a piece of paper. And so here is what mine looks like. Just recreate it doesn't have to be a genius to do is recreate it for the day at the side. And then every single time you do an hour of deep work, just come and add one more to the tally. Now I've got an extra little system for you that will increase your accountability even further. And I highly recommend you do this, even if you feel a little bit disappointed with how many hours you've done every week or maybe even every single day if you want the extra accountability, update the tally, take a picture and then send it to my Discord server. So if you haven't joined already, you probably have joined. I'll have the link somewhere anyway, on the Discord server, there's a channel for accountability. And so if you post it there, you have other people like messaging you about it and you'll be you'll be able to message people and say, okay, can anyone make sure I post it tomorrow and and like three people was just straight away. So yeah, I will. I will. And I really, really again, I really suggest especially do that if you're unhappy with how many hours you've done, especially do that because it's so uncomfortable to admit failure, so uncomfortable to be accountable when you haven't done as much as you want it. But that is actually when it actually causes you to next week or the next day, really, really doubled down on that task that you feel like you missed out on in the Discord server, you'll be able to find an accountability partner. So on the accountability tunnel you can lift, you just ask, does anyone want to be my partner? I'm in whatever time zone will message each other, you'll be able to find someone who is doing the same thing is you, your message each other and now you're essentially getting a free self-improvement coach, finally, for the score, but you can see at the bottom that I've wrote down rewards. Now this might work for you, it might not. So I wrote down these rewards, which are kinda like monetary rewards that I would give to myself after I doing a certain amount of hours. Now, straight away, that might seem like a good idea to you. I wrote it down and seemed like a good idea, but then I kind of went off it. So be honest, even though, for example, I've done the 15 hours and I'm getting close to the 35 hours, I'm not really going to follow this because I don't really want to bribe myself with spending money for the work. And then you can see the lowest one though that's a really good idea. The lowest one literature says, read morning. And so what I've done is as a reward, after two hours of deep work, I then pretty much give myself no guilt to then spend an hour or two reading. So I move the rest of my day, I moved the gym a little bit backwards because I just loved to read. So that's nice for me because I finished the one d block and on my arm, you know, it's kinda fatiguing or could stop them and you know what, if I do one more block, I can literally just sit around and read for like an hour afterwards. So I'm just gonna do it. You can take this idea and see if it works for you. 7. Mindsets For Success: Now we're on to the most important parts of this course, which is the mindsets for success. So we're going to begin with one does so, so interesting that the author mentioned, and he said to have a scarcity mindset for your time. It almost seems flipped right? Because in the red pill, especially we talk about this feeling of abundance. You would have an abundant mindset and that's perfect for, for women for most of your life. But with your time having a scarcity mindset, that is the one time you won't have a scarcity mindset is when your time, because you can navigate your time back. There's no going back in time. So have a scarcity mindset with your time. It really starts to think what are you doing right now? And is it actually valuable? Because the big mindset with, because the, the big minds of the overlying mindset Deep Work is that just wants to feel like we're busy. And so we spend most of our time doing shallow tasks that feel important, but actually those shallow tasks don't accomplish much. The shallow tasks are what we do in those days where we feel like we worked all day. You end the day and you just feel fatigued and you're like, I don't feel rested. I didn't have fun. I felt like I did a lot of work, but I'm Lucy, almost not closer to my goals at all. We want to lower that. We want to have a scarcity mindset thing. You know what, my times too valuable to spend all day e-mailing or to spend an hour making a logo to do anything that just seems like a somewhat unimportant task. And so the second mindset, which I know you're going to like is the star viewing shallow tasks as instant gratification, because that's exactly what they are you doing? Let me write the business plan. Let me go and look for business ideas before I try anything. Now taking action, doing deep work is the delayed gratification. That's what really fries your brain and it's really rewarding, but it is difficult. It is fatiguing instant gratification. It's kinda easy. You can almost do it like whilst being brain-dead. You can do it was checking your phone, you can do with Jack enough. You just pretended to be productive because you just want to feel like, oh, I'm working right now. And that's instant gratification that we turn to reduce. Because another mindset is that when we reduce that, we're actually going to have more free time to unwind and relax and rest. And rest period is going to give us better Deep Work blocks tomorrow. What needs to stop? Just for a second. Almost visualize what your life would be like if you stopped doing almost all of those unimportant tasks and he started to almost entirely just focus today on the deep work, three hours or so, you know now what the deep work tasks are. And so just starts to think what would actually happen to your life if you made huge progress in them. That's what we want to be focusing on day on, is entirely just on those deep works. We do the deep work with complete focus. When a deep work is over, we almost spend the rest of the day just unwinding, resting and not doing stupid, stupid unimportant tasks because that's going to give you more fatigue. What we want is the rest of the day is almost off. It's nice and relaxing. Guilt free without this whole, i'm, I'm hustling. I'm an entrepreneur. I wake up at 05:00 AM and I work all day. We don't want that because this way we knew recover tomorrow the deep work is going to be even better, I think for a minute right now, what actually the implications of that are if this deep work block, whatever you're doing in it, imagine how, how higher quality your work could be in those tasks. That's what we're focusing on, something Tim Ferriss mentions in the 40 hour work week and the author in this book mentions twice, I believe, is to be okay with minor bad things happening. We, as a generation of somewhat young people are not okay with this. We're actually scared of that as a Westgate of not replying to the e-mail. We're scared of not doing every little bit of a task because something bad would happen. Honestly, I'll be completely honest. Something bad will happen. Someone will get annoyed that you didn't message them back. Someone will get knowing that you didn't emails at some online system might, you know, whatever it is, some bad things would happen. But I want you to think what happens when you sacrifice those small bad things. So you said, okay, you know, small bad things are going to happen to me because I'm just not going to do an important tasks. Well now you do in more quality work in the important tasks. So imagine this analogy that the author in this book says. Imagine you're an author, you're right in a really, really important book, the author's deep work task is of course the litigious write the book to write the words, right? Well, they could then at the end of the day for three hours, start replying to every single person on Twitter and email. Would they get a benefit to that? Yeah, yeah, a 100 percent they would. But think about if they didn't reply to a single one, small bad things would happen. A few people would message during, get slightly annoyed that are the author of the famous author doesn't reply to my tweets, does it? But what's going to happen is the author is going to have such a huge, almost invisible benefit that since they're not wasting their time with all of this BS, Then now better recovered. The spent the rest of the day off in nature going for walks instead of just glued to their phone tomorrow, he's going to wake up and be even better at writing some things to remember is the phrase attention residue. That's what you experience when you switch tasks. And you've probably, if you've ever looked into some kind of productivity video will cause you've heard this type of stuff before. Switching tasks are multitasking does not work and you probably think, I don't know. I hear that advice, but it does though, because I can't multitask. I'm in the kitchen, I'm making something and I'm doing something on my phone. And the thing is, you can multitask shallow tasks and you should, honestly, you should actually, if there's any shallow tasks that you have to do, you can multitask it. Let's say a shallow task for me right now would be to upload a video, right? It doesn't that uploading a video doesn't take my brain power. Well, I can upload a video and as it's uploaded, I can also go and reply to an email. I can go and change the logo on my website. I can do two things at once while I do all these may be, as I'm clicking on the upload for my logo, my website, I can take my phone quickly reply, send a message to a coaching clients. You can multitask shallow tasks, no problem, and you probably should, but it's the deep tasks that you cannot multitask. And the reason why, Let's use the author's analogy again, he's 25 minutes into right in the bulk, he's feeling it good. Multitasking for him would be as he's right and he grabs his phone to send someone else a message. He quickly checks an email. He goes and speaks to his wife for five minutes. That would leave him with what's called attention residue where just put it this way that his brain cells have been left all over the place. We want all of our brain cells because we don't really have that many. We want all of our brains cells just focus on the one task. Because as soon as you grab your phone, as soon as you message someone, as soon as you go and speak to the family in the first hour, two hours of the morning, brain cells are all over the place. One thing I mentioned before was batching. And batching is so, so good for the shallow tasks. If you've read The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, these two books are really, really similar, so that's why I'm bringing both of them together. Batching is literally where instead of replying to, let's say, the emails, instead of replying to an email soon as you get it, you actually wait almost the entire day. So you have to email at nine. So you've got the email at nine AM but you don't even reply to you don't even check it till about 01:00 PM. And the reason why is because By 01:00 PM, You've probably got another three emails already. And so now you've bat this group of emails so that when you do go onto the email, you're able to send one quickly, go to the next one, on to the next, on to the next. A good analogy of batching is tasky. This question, would you wash just 11 piece of clothing time, Let's say I've got this dirty. The washing machine is empty when I throw just this in and then turn it on, obviously not what you do is you'd put this at the side. You'd wait till you got a tunnel, the dirty clothes, and then you put them all in together because when you batch it, you just saved so much time. You may as well do it all together rather than separately 10 times throughout the day. So take a second right now. What shallow tasks could you batch messages, notifications on your phone definitely be you've got some specifics, your life situation, what could you batch and other mindset is the grand gesture. I haven't personally used this, but you might be able to click it and I could. So the story he gives, if JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, she was struggling with right in the last book. And so what she did was she started booking a 100 pounds and Nia five-star hotel almost every day and should work there. That's the grand gesture. When you've done something so big, you're inevitably going to do it. For example, another one is the grand gesture. Used to be guys when they book myself improvement coaching, they'd been struggling with self-improvement. So they pay quite a lot of money. And that's the grand gesture, that aesthetic, no-no, I'm fed up. I'm going to pay this guy hundreds of dollars, hundreds of pounds. And he's going to help me. And just because they've done this big grand gesture, It's like instantly they adherence the plan that they focus onto self-improvement just skyrocketed. So think about what is some kind of grand gesture that you could do to improve your deep work. Now the idea I had using my Deep Work School Board was that once I hit a certain number of hours, five hours have got here, I would book an Airbnb, so I'd go and take a trip somewhere for one or two nights. We my laptop and go and do just like relentless deep work. And other thing to keep in mind is that the authors say that deep work is kept to roughly four hours max per day. And so I want you to know right now, your egos too big. Your egos far too big. Most people would start to think, Oh no, I can, I can work eight hours a day. I can work 12 hours a day and income, you can do shallow tasks for 12 hours a day. Yeah, no problem, but you're not getting achievement from that, apart from just the social validation to tell people that you work 12 hours a day. Now by the end of this course, you know, we don't care about shallow tasks. We don't care about telling people how much we do. We only care about producing some quality, meaningful, impactful work. And so the authors themselves have said to their studies for our seems to be the max and linking with the next mindset that I wrote down, the skill. This is literally a skill and so you are a low level at the scale. I'm a low-level at this skill, maybe I'm like three levels higher than you right now. Four hours a day for us is probably way too hard. Now, I found a little bit of a tactic that they didn't explain too much is that I think you might be able to increase this time if you do it on completely separate activities and tasks. So let's say this author analogy, the author's main task, the deeper task is to write. Now an author who's been practicing deep work probably right for a solid, for hours and get a lot done right? Well, they might be able to add another deep work, maybe even another block. If the block then the task was something completely different. So instead of writing for their book, the next task they were doing was recording YouTube videos, for example. Because you could imagine this right now. You could work for four hours, right in the book being really, really focus on the feeling fatigued and sweaty at the end of it. But like three hours later, for an hour you could record an entire video like this couldn't do even though you bro, like 6000 words as possible. So it's something to keep in mind, branching off from the previous mindset that this is a skill, is a very, very important part that I preach on my channel. Positive reinforcement. You've got to reinforce yourself. You've got a praise yourself. You've got to almost forced the words in your mind to say, Oh, you didn't 90 minutes of work today. I am proud. I feel so good about that. This is so important and know it seems cringy, especially to men who I'm a big masculine Alpha male. I don't say nice things about myself. That's just your ego, forget all of that. So I think in every single block of deep work that you do is progress every single time. For example, the I finished the 90 minute, I let you stand up with this and write it down on a yes. Good job. Because now I'm wanna say that again so myself later. So before you know, I've literally just add another 90 minutes because it makes you crave that praise that you give to yourself. So that's something to keep in mind that sometimes you start thinking, I've got to start to praise myself. I've gotta start to positively reinforce myself for these good habits. And finally, the last mindset of this entire course is to have a hard budget for shallow tasks in a very, very simple way. Just work up until a certain time per day. So you'll do the deep work hopefully first thing in the morning or whenever you can fit it in and you're gonna have a strong cutoff on, maybe you'll have to change because of your obligations. Each and every day will have a strong cutoff with no more work. And so at a certain time, you will do the shutdown ritual and you will do it even if you feel like, you know, awesome mine, a bad thing might happen because in two hours time I could've done something else. Remember that earlier mindset be okay with bad things happened in you're gonna have a hard budget for shallow tasks. You're gonna do the deep work as much as you can, probably 90 minutes or three hours or four hours. After that, you're going to have to do some kind of shallow tasks. Sometimes the shallow tasks are absolutely necessary, like for me, uploading a video, for example, it's a shallow tasks that I absolutely have to do. So you're gonna do that, but after a certain time, you're going to have a very, very clear shut off period that you don't do any amount of work. Follow the shutdown ritual, try and set up. And the real, real benefit of this is that then you start getting that work-life balance that I mentioned that that work stops at 06:00 PM, seven PM for a couple hours that you've got left. You're not in work mode and I think I could upload the video today. I could do the e-mail just now before I go to sleep. If you do that, it seems that shallow task mindset. It's not too bad. It's only going to take me a minute to upload the video or to do the e-mail. But then what's going to happen is as you rest energy, getting into bed, you're going to remember the email. You mind going to be a little bit messed up because the attention residues went into work. Instead of focusing on getting you on winded and rested for. 8. Conclusion: You're done with the course. Well done for reaching this far. I want to remind you that I personally believe that deep work is one of the most important skills right now, one of the most important skills. It's the reasons for my success that you've seen is the reason for my insane level of productivity as a former retired who used to do barely even the shallow tasks per day. Now I'm actually doing a couple hours of the deep work every single day achieved more than ever done in my life. The same can be said for you. You know, how important it is. What I'd suggest is you start taking action on it immediately. Start just know for a fact that It's not going to be perfect. Now remember, we said it's a skill. It's not going to be perfect to start taking action and really start focusing on that data collection that I spoke about in the routine part of this course. Start collecting that data and trying to optimize the routines a better fit your life. Two more things, I highly, highly suggest you follow the accountability. You stick up the school board onto your wall because when it's up there, you don't want it to look bad when it's literally in your face all day, every day you actually like, you can't avoid it. So you want to start doing the bits for a human to start again the tally for it when it's looking good or even when it's not looking, go and take a picture, sent it to the discord, and you're going to have a free accountability partner, which very, very powerful. Finally, a highly suggest as time goes on a couple of days, maybe weeks, maybe months, maybe even just later today, just slightly do a little bit of recapping on the mindsets for success part just before this conclusion, because I said a bunch of mindsets. The reason for that was that, you know, I can tell you all the mindsets, but you'll probably only be able to appreciate one or two of them right now. And you'll find that as you go and try and do your deep work blocks. If you come back to the mindset and you hear me say something that you've previously heard just suddenly because you've been actually taking action, you'll be able to appreciate a few more of the mindset and you'll be able to boost you up and increase your adherence to the deep work. Again, that's really, really hope that this has helped you. This has been such an insane difference for me. And you already know my story, you know that I'm literally like a dumb ass and Latina, I'm not used to doing work, but because of this idea of deep work, I've been able to achieve quite a lot and I really, really wish that for you. So I hope that you found some great value in this and I hope that you start taking action immediately. I've got one more thing to say to you. Do the hard work, especially when you don't feel like it.