We all desire to be more productive. Society has tailored our minds to continously beckon our efforts to squeeze out as much ‘product’ from our systems as possible. Wall Street and Silicon Valley alike hold efficient work as the gold standard of qualitative accomplishment. Yet, as much as we churn out, and as far as we push ourselves, we must also understand how these processes influence us, almost in a feedback loop.
Deep work is essentially the ability for man to get completely lost in complex and highly challenging work. This is not the type of work which can be accomplished while browsing Twitter or texting a friend. Deep work is somethjng soulful, as it prices your reservoirs of energy and unloads them until they expire. It is the ability for one to become exhausted at the knees of his work, yet simultaneously happy from that very effort. Deep work refuses the path of least resistance, while cherishing the ability to revel in the realm of the immensely difficult.
The antithesis to deep work is distraction. Petty emails, web browsing, unending conversations about nothing, the list goes on. We spend countless hours working towards nothing, losing time and distracting our brains from our real goals. We fear to engage in the difficult, and cover it up by bus’s dying ourselves with shallow work. It’s easier, but much less rewarding.
It is only through destroying distraction and surrendering to hyper-focused/energy consuming work that will bring us the most value in work and life. Loving your job is not a prerequisite to delving into deep work; this realm isn’t secluded for the elite whom love their careers. Deep work is not about what your job is, but rather how you approach any job you may have. Throw yourself into it, focus for hours on end, and your sense of meaning, satisfaction and self-confidence will explode.