Then staying completely present and focused on the thing you are doing, removing distraction, staying away from the mind and being completely immersed in the task.
Deep work requires deep focused consciousness, if you are in your thoughts, then the mind will sabotage and tempt you to distractions.
When thought comes, we can choose to witness it and let it go or we can choose to respond. When we respond to the voice in the head, then it is energised and a stream of thought will develop, pulling us away from what we are doing.
Our best work comes when we are fully in the moment and just simply observing our thoughts.
In today’s networked world of the internet, Google, social media, e-mail, podcasts, blogs, and the list goes on, it is easy for others to find someone who is doing better work than us if we opt for mediocre or just good enough.
The best work we are capable of now is all that we can aim for and that requires us to focus on that thing and that alone.
Therein lies the paradox, we have the amazing opportunity of a potentially limitless audience for our work. However, the more time we spend in the shallow networked world, the poorer our focus will be on producing our best work.
Working in depth and with total focus on work that really counts is the skill that will enable us to survive the networked world and become valuable. Nothing of any great value comes easy or is produced without a deep focus.
Being constantly on the network will ensure we build no value.