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Snap your mind into gear, get on task, and accomplish your best work 1. Tell your mind it’s time to work Commuters have an advantage with this mental practice. Stepping off the subway or pulling into a parking lot in the morning signals to your brain that it’s time to gear up and get ready to work. If you work from home, the few steps from your bed to your desk just doesn’t cut it. Whatever your morning routine is—brewing a cup of coffee or tea, walking the dog, reading the news—engage in it fully, let your brain wake up, and then use that action as a signal to yourself that it’s time to transition into focused work time.
What’s one thing many top business leaders have in common? They read. A lot. From Warren Buffett (who devotes about 80% of his day to reading) to Bill Gates (who reads about 50 books per year, or one per week), reading — or more specifically, learning through reading — is a priority for professional development and success. When asked about the key to his success, Buffett pointed to a stack of books and gave this advice: “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
If you’re someone who is part of a distributed team or collaborates with colleagues remotely, the concept of deep work can have a profound and lasting effect on your productivity, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. Defining the Concept of Deep Work Cal Newport, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and best-selling author, defines the concept of deep work in this way:
Do a Google image search for “remote work.” The first image to pop onto your screen probably features a deliriously happy man in his swimming trunks holding a laptop on a beach. I can’t even begin to list all the things that are deeply wrong about this. First, are you going to take your meetings in swim trunks, Mr. Remote Worker? Second, how exactly are you going to keep your laptop charged in the middle of sandy beach? Third, can you even see your screen in the glare? Fourth, why are you smiling like a maniac? I have lots and lots of questions for you, stock photo man.