Self development

Why does deep work work?

by Smartifier
June 9 2021 .

Unless you're living under a rock, you've heard about the Professor of Money Heist. That character was responsible for pulling off one of the greatest heists in history (fictional of course). He was able to conduct the entire robbery from behind the scenes by playing with the mind of the police and tricking them to do exactly what he wanted. Have you ever wondered how he came out with this genius plan and executed it so well?ย 

โ€œ๐ƒ๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐คโ€- my friends.ย 

For those who donโ€™t know about deep work, letโ€™s start with a selfโ€“explanatory definition of this concept.

โ€œ๐‘ท๐’“๐’๐’‡๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’-๐’‡๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’„๐’†๐’๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‘๐’–๐’”๐’‰๐’†๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’„๐’‚๐’‘๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’Š๐’•. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐’†๐’‡๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’•๐’” ๐’„๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’—๐’‚๐’๐’–๐’†, ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’”๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’“๐’†๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’†.โ€

If you fall under the usual category of people like me, then you feel like you are not important to the economy. You are easily replaceable. Your work does not create enough value for your organization and you have a fear of getting laid off next in this recession. Let me enlighten you on how deep work is going to help you stand out in your career and reach the top.ย 

  • ย ๐‚๐จ๐ ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐„๐ง๐ก๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญย 

Deep work requires intense periods of distraction-free work. Neuroscience studies suggest that this kind of work results in the myelination of nerve cells in related areas of the brain. This causes better nerve conduction. Better nerve conduction means you can think faster, comprehend better, and handle more difficult tasks. Remember how Popeye used to get extra strong after eating that can of spinach. Deep work will help you in the same way for your career.ย 

  • ย ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง

Standing out in the crowd based solely on your skills isnโ€™t as easy as it once was. In this age of connectivity, it is safe to assume almost all of your competitors have access to the same resources as you, and almost all of them have put in just as much effort to earn the same skills. So, you need to set yourself apart if you want to advance. โ€œ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’†๐’‘ ๐‘พ๐’๐’“๐’Œ: ๐‘น๐’–๐’๐’†๐’” ๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐‘ญ๐’๐’„๐’–๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐‘บ๐’–๐’„๐’„๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐‘พ๐’๐’“๐’๐’…โ€ gives us the story of Carl Jung, a 20th-century psychologist. His theories set him apart from his peers at the time. To come up with these theories he used to spend distraction-free time in isolation. In the same way, deep work will open your mind, help you realize your potential, and set you apart from the million others.ย 

  • ย ๐•๐š๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ž ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง

Bill Gates took 1 week off twice a year to read papers on possible innovations and investment opportunities written by his employees. He called this โ€œThink Weekโ€. One such โ€œThink Weekโ€ led to the launch of Internet Explorer. This shows how a week's worth of Deep Work led to the creation of something that became synonymous with the Windows platform. While you might not need to create a revolutionary new product, you do need to add value to be important for your workplace and ensure you don't lose your job to AI.ย 

  • ย ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ

If your task is something routine, or mundane, there is a high possibility that some tech genius in some corner of the world has written a piece of code that renders you obsolete. With deep work, you enhance your cognitive abilities and develop ideas that you normally would not have come upon and ultimately become irreplaceable like our very own Harvey Spector.ย 

Letโ€™s get something straight. You think you used your time productively this quarantine because you took so many courses from Coursera? ๐Ÿ’ฌ Well, so did the other 10 people you know. So, if you want to advance in your career, stay relevant in your job and be better than your peers, start adopting deep work today.ย 

With that, I would like to end by congratulating you on taking the first step of this journey by reading this article.