Kicking a ball up the hill

I am sat at my desk pondering what to write in today’s blog and I’m distracted by a kid, who is only just a little bigger than the ball he’s trying to kick. We live on a hill and, yes, he’s trying to kick it up the hill.

Initially, it did not go well and he spent a good deal of time chasing the ball down the hill and fetching out from under cars. But sooner or later he found a solution, he changed his tactic from big hoofs to smaller kicks and smartly enlisted other kids to fetch the ball when his kicks went astray.

Enthusiasm and a willingness to try different approaches again and again until he learnt was the solution and he solved it very quickly given his age. The other lesson was don’t do thing’s alone, we are not meant to always struggle alone, collaboration is definitely the answer to many things.

Collective work

‘Collective Work 2.0’ by Philip Dodson

Once a week as part of the Deep Work Project I am developing, we all sit down for The Write Club, where 10-15 of us sit around a big table and collectively work. Some are writing books, some articles, some blogs, proposals, emails and so on. What you are writing does not matter.

The only communication we have over the 2 1/2 hour session of ‘deep work’ is at the start where we publically share to the group what we plan to work on and at the end how we progressed. So it is a distraction free environment.

The magic doesn’t happen just from the silent work we are individually doing without interruption, it comes almost strangely from the collective power of all doing focused work together at the same time.

The positive influence of being surrounded by other focused people is what keeps the momentum going, it is one of those things that are hard to express in words. The focus is transmitted, you feel a togetherness in your mission to stay in tune with meaningful work.

It is the magic of collective work that enables us to create our best work. You just need to set the tone and agenda to being focused.