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Can Deep Work help in a culture that promotes shallow labor?

Did you know?

  • An average person does 150 screen unlocks on their smartphone every day;
  • An average person does 2617 to 5000 touches on their smartphone every day;
  • A new study from Microsoft Corp. shows that today’s human attention span is 8 seconds;
  • Many people work with their business email and messaging applications open on their devices, whether computer or smartphone.
  • Surveys conducted by Microsoft and Klaus found that 50% of email senders expect a reply within 24 hours, while a more recent one by HubSpot shows that 90% of customers expect an “immediate” response, that being 10 minutes or less.

Bearing this in mind, how can we focus without distractions on a particular task since we have reactive forces that take that attention away? What is Deep Work; why is going to be the most wanted skill of our century; and why you should join our Deep Angry Work.

How do you get stuff done?

We learned a few things at school (my problem with school is not mentioned here, so I will pass this on, but you can read my take on our school system in this blog post). If we look closely, no one has ever taught us to breathe, concentrate, pay attention, work on our intuition, etc.

That poses a challenge: how do you get stuff done? No one ever taught us how.

In my perspective, how do we find out if this is a problem or not? With a simple question: at the end of the day, do you have the feeling that the day has passed and you have done very little?

This is not the feeling we seek, but it defines how we never get anything done.

How we got here and not to deep work

I believe we got here by osmosis. What happens when you leave school? You’re going to the job market, correct? What happens in the job market? Do they put you as an intern to “learn” from someone much “more experienced” than you? What happens in this process?

“Get it done like this, which is how it should be done. I have more experience, so you have to trust”

What happened? Pure osmosis. Somehow you copycat not only the work itself but also some of its behaviors. What happens? If that person’s modus operandi is to have their email open during the day and respond to emails, you’ll end up doing the same. If that person’s m.o. is to work via WhatsApp, you will end up doing the same.

WhatsApp and others (e.g. Slack)

My day is spent in mortal fear, worrying that I’m going to accidentally click away in Slack and forget what channel or DM that last important thing I forgot to mark for follow-up was in. Jensen Harris (@jensenharris) 14 March 2018

I have a big problem believing that WhatsApp is a good work tool. In my opinion, it only creates reactive feelings, emotions, and behaviors that consequently produce shallow work. Is that why I have quit the platform? That was one reason.

As I don’t want to expand on this problem, I leave here some insights into it:

10 reasons you shouldn’t be using WhatsApp for work 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Use WhatsApp for Work Why Using WhatsApp For Business Is a Bad Idea Please Stop Using WhatsApp For Work

Please. Stop. Using. WhatsApp. For. Business.

Your future self, employees, and colleagues will thank you. I get it is tough, it’s convenient, and everybody uses it. But SMS/texting used to be convenient too. Can you imagine sending SMS all day long with your colleagues? Frank van de Koppel — Oct 10, 2021

The new gold: Deep Work

Fun fact:

If you are working in the “zone”:

And get out of it for five minutes, then:

It takes about 23 minutes to get back to the zone (average speaking).

New gold?

I will not prolong this topic as Cal Newport went into over 300 pages on the subject. Basically, Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. It will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship.

In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st economy. And yet, they have lost the ability to go deep — spending their days instead in a frantic blur of email and social media.

Deep Angry Work

Doing this (Deep Work) is harder than it looks. For this reason, we decided to create a supportive community for the execution of Depp Work sprints.

​”Work smart, not hard,” they say. But what do es that mean? For us, it means to find the biggest punch per minute invested in doing something. Sure we all have emails to check, chats to reply to, meetings to attend, and all that stuff that, although necessary, feels a bit like a waste of time sometimes.

It is easy to get lost in the tide and feel busy the whole day without creating much value. Nevertheless, we have also noticed some glorious moments when so much gets done. It feels like one hour of deep focused attention and intention creates more value than the rest of the day (or even the week) put together.

​Intending to create the conditions for that glory to arise, FabInventors, Sapiente, and Angry Ventures joined forces, holding the space for everyone who understands our why and is willing to dive into Deep Work in an Angry way.

Why Angry? Because when you’re Angry, there’s no space for bullshit, and here is neither.

Register here.

Originally published at https://blog.angry.ventures on February 11, 2022.

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