In today’s fast-paced world with a population of 7.5 billion (according to a 2017 research), we all crave for success. We all want to be successful i.e. to be in the 1% of the total population, yet we are unable to install the mind-sets and the heart-sets of the 1% in the world i.e. the elite class. But, are we really working on the same? According to a study carried by Florida State University, an average human spends 2 hours on social networking sites, daily.
To create valuable work, we need to do deep work. and deep work is “the professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create value, improve your skill and are hard to replicate.”
But today, the world prefers shallow work and then mock & ridicule the elite class. Shallow work basically refers to a “non-cognitively demanding, logistical style tasks often performed while distracted. These efforts tend to create not much value in the world and are easy to replicate. “
One of the reasons we as humans prefer shallow work is because it is easy and a psychological effect called “The Pleasure Principle” works, which says that we always look for pleasure and not pain.
Updating your Instagram and Facebook is far more important than building up your skills which require some moments with oneself in a totally distraction-free environment.
Thomas Edison, had these man low parks where he and his team would go and work in a total distraction-free environment. Today, when we switch on the bulb we just don’t sit there and say wow! This is a brilliant innovation.To be a merchant of wow and play the game in the rare air you got to think act and produce like the 1% market. Only those people thrive who produce- no matter how much skill one has.
To become a winner in this new economy you got to have two skills
1.) The ability to quickly master hard things.
2.) The ability to produce at an elite level.
Anders Ericsson, a pre-eminent psychologist of the Florida State University, who is famous for the 10000-hour rule quotes “The world is full of distraction which forces people to have diffused attention. To be the master in your field you got to have focused attention”, the rule says that to master a skill you have got to give 10,000 hours of your life to that particular task only, and this can only come from deep work.
Deep work helps you to produce at an elite level (There is a formula for high-quality work produced which is rewarded multiple times.)
HIGH-QUALITY WORK PRODUCED= TIME SPENT (times) INTENSITY OF FOCUS.
To produce quality, you need to work deeply and the more the intensity of focus the less time it would take you to master the skill.
Deep work helps you to quickly learn hard things-you too can be a merchant of wow (finally a good thing, right?), working in a totally distraction-free environment increases the grey matter in your brain which is responsible for learning up the skills.
By focusing intensely on a specific skill, you are forcing a specific relevant circuit in your brain again and again in isolation. This repetitive use of a specific circuit triggers cells called oligodendrocytes to begin wrapping layers of myelin around the neurons in the circuits effectively cementing the skill. So, are you ready to practice some deep work?
Debashish Bindra (DAV College 10)
A work in progress, interests are very diverse, serving humanity is the topmost goal of my life.