This week I am still reading Deep Work by Cal Newport
. I have finished 54% of the book so far and have learnt some interesting stuff regarding Deep Work.
Cal talks about how to implement Deep Work in our lives through the 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) -
Focus on the wildly important
The more you try to do, the less you actually accomplish. The execution of Deep Work should be aimed at a small number of wildly important goals.
Don’t try to say no to trivial distractions. Try to say yes to the thing that arouses terrifying longing and let this longing crowd out everything else.
Act on the lead measures
In order to measure success there are 2 types of metrics - lag measures and lead measures.
Lag measures describe the thing you’re trying to improve. The problem is that they come too late to change your behaviour.
For example if you are trying to increase sales in your restaurant, then customer satisfaction scores would be a lag measure.
Lead measures measure the new behaviour that will drive success on the lag measure.
These measures turn your attention to improving the behaviours you directly control in the near future that will then have a positive impact on your long-term goals.
For example a lag measure would be published papers in a year. But a lead measure would be tracking how many hours a day you spent on deep work. Every extra hour spent increases your chances of publishing more papers.
Keep a compelling scoreboard
People play differently when they’re keeping score. A scoreboard creates a sense of competition that drives people to focus on, say an organization’s goals, even when other things demand their attention.
For example, having a public place to record a team’s progress and track the lead measures is important. Once the team notices their public success, they try to perpetuate their performance and become invested.
Create a cadence of accountability
Maintaining a rhythm of regular and frequent reviews of your work is important.
You can look over your scoreboard to celebrate good periods, understand what led to bad periods, and ensure a good score for the days ahead. This ensures a good focus on what you want to achieve.