Quick Flow

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INTRO

Set aside 90 mins for deep work

Look at the clock. Set aside 90m+ for a deep, uninterrupted session of work. We'll stay on track by following these four steps in order: center, grasp, layer, and place.

Surrender to this workflow, even its imperfections. The brain can't engage in deep work if it's also busy managing itself, so for now, turn off the inner-manager so you can stay on track.
CENTER

Move the body

Do a 1-5m mini-workout or stretch. Prep your body for work like an athlete preps for a race. Here are some ideas:

Clear your space

Clear your physical and digital space of distraction. This is also a good time to turn off notifications, lock doors, or ask others not to interrupt you.

Center on the breathe

Breath in emptiness; breath out ego. Breath in light; breath out dark. Below is an example of the square breathing technique if it helps you. Both yogis and Navy Seals use it to energize and relax their nervous systems.

Bring your true self to this work and not your ego. Stay here for as long as you'd like. Click "Next Step" when you're ready.

GRASP

Find your north star

What do you suspect is your most important goal, system, or habit? The one whose success or failure renders the rest less important.

Don't worry about a perfect answer. Doing imperfect work is part of finding your answer.

GRASP

Find a swift step

What one thing you will do in the next 90m+ to advance swiftly to that goal?

Prefer work that ends in something imperfect & shareable (private work prevents evolution and is a form of procrastination).

If you have an organized todo list, you can consult it for your top priorities. If you don't have such a system yet, for now you can use a prompt (click on "need a prompt" below).

Need a prompt?
GRASP

Define a scope

Define a trustworthy scope. List all the things you won't do. (3m)
Over-scoping prevents you from getting real work done. You can often define the scope in negative terms (e.g., "I won't cover this topic. I won't handle this use case.")
WORK

Checkpoint

Summarize your understanding from the last section (1m)
WORK

Plan

Divide your work into layers. E.g., 15m gather research, 15m brainstorm, 15m first draft, 15m edits
WORK

Commit

“To understand is to know what to do” (Wittgenstein) — do you feel you know?
WORK

Execute on your plan

Work against your plan in layers and don't leave your scope! If you lose your place just swiftly retrace your steps from "Start."
PLACE

Share

Is it ready to share with at least one other person?
The deeper you can place your work into the real world, the more it'll compound and the more dangerous you'll be. To shine in your field, grossly prefer public-facing work that gets you the fast feedback. Sacrificing your ego and perfectionism is a ceremony itself.
PLACE

Placement checklist

“To understand is to know what to do” (Wittgenstein) — do you feel you know?
Challenge: build in the open and post all your major accomplishments to Twitter. We're building an accountability community posting something big every Friday. #pushfriday.
END

Woot!

You did it. Go celebrate myself and this cherished act of deep work.

It's important to instill strong habits by balancing hard work with hard relaxation and reward. We are creatures of habit. So now go enjoy yourself for a bit. Life's short.
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