Did you know that the average life expectancy is 79 years for men and 81 for women*? Depending on the year of birth that number varies. One year has 8760 hours /says Google/, which makes respectively 621960 and 709560 hours! I’m almost 29 years old, which means, if am lucky – I have 52 years or 455520 hours left! ONLY FREAKING 455520!
No one likes to go into this mode of “We have so little time left! We all gonna DIE!!!” but without going into the extreme, time IS precious and we are wasting it. And no, I don’t mean that we are wasting it on playing with our dog or having fun with friends, or watching television. I mean we are wasting on activities that are not bringing us any actual value.
I was beginning to notice how since I started this channel, I was spending more time on YouTube and on Instagram. At the time I was justifying this with “I want to grow my channel” and “I have to spend hours scrolling through posts and photos cause I am trying to find my people”. But in reality the actual networking was only one 3rd of the time I was spending on social media, the rest was just… I don’t even know, I don’t remember it because it wasn’t valuable.
So I decided to cut off my time on social media to a minimal extent. Then I started reading/listening to Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World written by Cal Newport and it was just on time! The book really covers a lot of bases, giving real-life examples and pointers on how to apply Deep Work in the most efficient way.
What is DEEP WORK?
This is what Cal says:
Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.
So in other words, DEEP WORK means a state of high concentration on valuable work or practicing a valuable skill and can boost up your productivity to unexpected rates. Cal talks mostly about knowledge work but it could be applied to any type of work that doesn’t consist of repetitive actions that don’t demand much thinking.
DEEP WORK doesn’t mean more work, it means better quality work. So it is hard to concentrate but if you do you can achieve so much more without having to work after hours or on the weekend. It’s not work more, it’s work harder and smarter.
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN DEEP WORK AND SOCIAL MEDIA DETACHMENT
The book connected well with my struggles with social media dependency because it looks at social media as a distraction from the state of DEEP WORK. Cal goes further into suggesting the bare minimum when it comes to using apps such as Instagram and Twitter but only in cases where your work has nothing to do with them. Since I am trying to succeed as a content creator, I am not capable of cutting SM (Social Media) completely but that doesn’t mean that the cutting won’t be vicious.
DEEP WORK can be applied to your individual life and you don’t have to exclude activities that are bringing you joy while also adding value to your work, mission, life goal etc. For me, those are reading, watching tv shows and searching the net for updates on these topics.
Cal points out the benefits of DEEP WORK when it comes to creative work and absentmindedly scrolling through my phone pales in comparison!
Just think of the numbers on the top and then think of the opportunities you don’t take of advantage of, telling to yourself that you don’t have the time now but, you know, maybe someday. If you are able to concentrate better, you can get your work done on time, make your ideas a reality much faster and you’ll be more aware and present to enjoy the time spend with family, friends and doing things that make you happy. HOW CAN YOU SAY “NO” TO THIS?
HOW MANY DRAGONS:
6 DRAGONS and the reason that I took one was that the book is focused quite a lot on the tedious activity of opening emails as the main example of wasting time and decreasing productivity, which is not something I can relate to.
I highly recommended it and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!
*The statistic shows the average life expectancy in North America for those born in 2017, by gender and region. In Canada, the average life expectancy was 79 years for males and 81 years for females in 2017.