To catch good waves you need the right conditions, but you won’t get any waves if you don’t show up.
The misconception about “deep work” is that it always involves an act of creating. If you believe this, you’re missing the point about what your most important work actually is.
The hardest part of any process is to start. Just like in a workout, it helps to have a warm-up, or a priming ritual, to get you into the proper state for what you’re about to do.
There’s a common perception that if you’re not hustling and sweating then you’re not doing it right. But is the hustle a sign of productivity or just a sign of a lot of activity?
Here is the difference between understanding, knowledge, and wisdom, and what it really means to do “knowledge work.”
Our expectations for what productivity should look like can keep us from creating space for deep work. But this space is crucial for both productivity and creativity.
Becoming aware of which of your hours are more valuable can — and should — impact your decisions about how to spend your time and how to price your services.