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How to Restore Your Energy
Scheduling both work and free time isessential to restoring your energy
By scheduling everything you do, you 'llfree up time for being mindful of howyou spend it
At the beginning of every day, create aschedule with 30-minute blocks andschedule everything from 'dinner ' to 'reading '
It 's ok to modify your schedule if thingschange; the important part is tocultivate awareness of how you spendyour day
How to Rewire Your Brain withProductive Meditation
Our brains are wired to be easilydistracted, which is why we find it hard tofocus on one task
To rewire your brain, use moments thatwould otherwise be spent unproductiveto consider a problem you need to takecare of without letting your mind changesubjects
e.g. while you walk the dog or during yourcommute to work
To get started, ask yourself questionsthat identify different issues in solvinga given problem
Once you 've landed a specific target, askyourself: "What do I need to accomplishmy goal?"
The Difference Between Being"in the Zone" and Deep Work
In the Zone
We often get in the zone by chance
Often only after hours of procrastination
Is intentional, methodical
It 's essential to have rituals toprepare your mind for it
e.g. placing a 'Do Not Disturb ' sign onyour desk, or going to a library to work
How to Achieve Deep Work
This includes eliminating all sources ofdistraction and secluding yourself like amonk
This involves setting a clearly defined, longperiod of seclusion for work and leaving therest of your time free for everything else
Doing deep work for blocks of 90 minutesand using a calendar to track youraccomplishments
Involves taking any unexpected free time inyour daily routine to do deep work
Multitasking Does Not EqualProductivity.
When we switch from task A to task B, ourattention remains on task A, which meanswe can only half-focus on task B
Similarly, electronic notifications have adetrimental effect on our productivity
It may seem harmless to keep our socialmedia tabs open all the time while wework...
But merely seeing notifications pop upinterrupt our focus, even if we ignore themfor a while before checking on them
Workers feel like they 're workingmore than ever
That 's because completing small tasks andmoving information around makes us feellike we 've accomplished something
But in reality, these things just keep us fromtruly focusing on important work
The ONE Thing with Cal Newport
About the Book
Rules for Focused Success in a DistractedWorld
Grand Central Publishing
Cal Newport, Ph.D., lives in Washington,DC, where he is a writer and an assistantprofessor of computer science atGeorgetown University.
He also runs the popular website StudyHacks: Decoding Patterns of Success.
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