Raphael

Let's get practical #2: Deep Work & Organization

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26 November 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 07:08 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time: 09:25 (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • ✅ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • 11:50 AM - 01:01 PM
    • I responded to a client, did some SEO optimization, and some research. I also distracted myself by doing some research on insomnia
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 11 minutes
  • 02:11 PM - 02:57 PM
    • I cannot work properly. I'm too exhausted, too tired of all these sleepless nights
    • Focus: 3/5
    • Duration: 46 minutes
  • 04:42 PM - 6:14 PM
    • I did a little more of SEO optimization. I also did some research on link building and distracted myself a bit
    • Focus: 3/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes

I went to bed too late yesterday and still almost didn't sleep.

  • Average Focus: 3.5 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 3 hours 29 minutes, including 0 minutes of Deep Work (objective at least 6 hours)
  • Total Reading Time: 0 minutes (objective 0 minutes, I'm not reading anything currently)
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27 November 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 06:20 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time: 09:30 (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • ✅ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • 09:15 AM - 10:58 AM
    • I did some research for an optimization. Something is blocking me
    • Focus: 3/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes
  • 11:42 AM - 01:13 AM
    • Not even sure what I did because I was so unfocused.
    • Focus: 2/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes
  • 02:45 PM - 04:46 PM
    • I resolved the error that I was having, then I noticed another issue and started to fix that one
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 2 hour 1 minutes

 

  • Average Focus: 2.83 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 5 hours 2 minutes, including 0 minutes of Deep Work (objective at least 6 hours)
  • Total Reading Time: 0 minutes (objective 0 minutes, I'm not reading anything currently)
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28 November 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 06:26 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time: 10:50 (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • 08:35 AM - 10:30 AM
    • I did various optimizations. I'm having an issue with cumulative layout shit, maybe using a CDN could solve it
    • Focus: 3.75/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • 10:47 AM - 10:35 AM
    • I installed a new image compression plugin. I also distracted myself a bit
    • Focus: 3/5
    • Duration: 48 minutes
  • 11:44 AM - 12:42 AM
    • I created a list of websites that can contain broken back links. I also searched for a video editing software
    • Duration: 58 minutes
    • Focus: 3.5/5
  • 01:55 PM - 03:35 PM
    • I searched for some websites and did some researchs on backlinks
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • 03:45 PM - 4:48 PM
    • I created two backlinks and responded to a client
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes

 

  • Average Focus: 3.45 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 6 hours 19 minutes, including 0 minutes of Deep Work (objective at least 6 hours)
  • Total Reading Time: 0 minutes (objective 0 minutes, I'm not reading anything currently)
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29 November 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 07:18 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time: 10:30 (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • ✅ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • 11:10 AM - 12:45 AM:
    • I did some website updates, and some video editing and uploaded it to Youtube.
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes

Deep Work Sessions:

  • 02:15 PM - 03:13 PM
    • I did some video editing.
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 58 minutes

 

  • Average Focus: 3.5 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 2 hours 33 minutes, including 58 minutes of Deep Work (objective 0 minutes)
  • Total Reading Time: 0 minutes (objective 0 minutes, I'm not reading anything currently)
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Weekly Statistics (23 November 2020 - 29 November 2020)

 

Total Working Hours

27 hours 23 minutes

Average Focus

3.4 / 5

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30 November 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 07:38 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time:  10:40 PM (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • ❌ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • I responded to a client and did some video editing
    • Focus: 3.75/5
    • Duration: 45 minutes

Deep Work Sessions:

  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • I wanted to work on some video editing, but was too restrained by my lack of sleep
    • Focus: 3/5
    • Duration: 30 minutes
  • 07:32 PM - 08:52 PM
    • I did some video editing
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • 09:36 PM - 10:27 PM
    • I continued doing some video editing
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 51 minutes

Almost didn't sleep of the entire night, almost couldn't work of the entire day. I took a nap after 6 PM, I was able to work better after that. I need to take naps during the day when I have a sleepless night.

  • Average Focus: 3.43 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 2 hours 26 minutes, including 2 hours 11 minutes of Deep Work (objective at least 6 hours)
  • Total Reading Time: 0 minutes (objective 0 minutes, I'm not reading anything currently)

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Quit Social-Media (from Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World -  Cal Newport)

  • Social medias fragments time and reduce the ability to focus
  • To master the art of deep work, we must take back control of our time and attention from the diversions that attempt to steal them
  • Have a strict limit for a site to regularly access your time and attention
  • Use only the necessary tools: identify the factors that determine success and happiness in your professional and personal life. Adopt a tool only if its positive impacts on these factors substantially outweigh its negative impacts
  • Reject the state of distracted hyper-connectedness
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Apply the Law of the Vital Few to Your Internet Habits (from Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World -  Cal Newport)

  • The Law of the Vital Few: 80% of a given effect is due to just 20% of the causes
  • Decide what tools really matter:
    1. Identify main high-level goals in your professional and personal life. Keep the list limited to what's most important and keep the descriptions suitably high-level.
    2. For each goal, list the two or three most important activities that help satisfy it. The activities should be general enough to allow you to clearly picture doing them and  should be general enough that they're not tied to a one-time outcome.
    3. Consider the network tools you use. For each tool, go through the key activities you identified and ask whether the use of the tool has a substantially positive impact, a substantially negative impact, or little impact on your regular and successful participation in the activity.
    4. Keep only using the tools that have substantial positive impacts and that outweigh the negative impacts.
       

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Drain the Shallows (from Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World -  Cal Newport)

  • Identify the shallowness in your schedule and cut it down to the minimum, leaving more time for the deep efforts that ultimately matter most
  • Once you've hit your deep work limit in a given day, you'll experience diminishing rewards if you try to cram in more
  • Shallow work doesn't become dangerous until after you add enough to begin to crowd out your bounded deep efforts for the day
  • Treat shallow work with suspicious because its damage is often vastly underestimated and its importance vastly overestimated
  • Shallow work is inevitable, but you must keep it confined to a point where it doesn't impede your ability to take full advantage of the deeper efforts that ultimately determine your impact

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Don't Use the Internet to Entertain Yourself (from Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World -  Cal Newport)

  • When it comes to relaxation, don't default whatever catches your attention at the moment, but instead dedicate some advance thinking to the question of how you want to spend your "day within a day"
  • Figure out in advance what you're going to do with your evenings and weekends before they begin
  • Addictive websites & activities thrive in a vacuum
    • If you haven't given yourself something to do in a given moment, they'll always beckon as an appealing option
    • If you instead fill this free time with something of more quality, their grip on your attention will loosen
  • If you give your mind something meaningful to do throughout all your waking hours, you'll end the day more fulfilled, and begin the next one more relaxed, than if you instead allow your mind to bathe for hours in semi-conscious and unstructured web surfing
  • If you want to eliminate additives entertainment sites, give your brain a quality alternative

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01 December 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 07:55 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time: 09:45  (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • ✅ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Deep Work Sessions:

  • 09:35 AM - 10:28 AM
    • I did some video editing, but messed some things up
    • Focus: 3.75/5
    • Duration: 53 minutes
  • 11:18 AM - 12:38 AM
    • I continued the video editing and responded a client
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

I couldn't sleep properly again. I choose to take a lot of time off and not force it. I need to re-calibrate myself and especially re-calibrate my schedule.

  • Average Focus: 3.62 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes, including hours minutes of Deep Work (objective at least 6 hours)
  • Total Reading Time: 0 minutes (objective 0 minutes, I'm not reading anything currently)
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Finish Your Work by Five Thiry (from Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World -  Cal Newport)

  • Have a fixed schedule
  • Ruthlessly reduce the shallows and preserve deep work sessions. It will frees up time without diminishing the amount of new value
  • Reduction in shallow frees up more energy for the deep alternative, allowing us to produce more than if we had defaulted to a more typical crowded schedule
  • Limiting time requires more careful thinking about organization, but leads to more value produced as compared to longer but less organized schedules

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Become Hard to Reach (from Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World -  Cal Newport)

  • Tip #1: Make People Who Send You E-Mail Do More Work
    • The notion that all messages, regardless of purpose of sender, arrive in the same undifferentiated inbox, and that there's an expectation that every message deserves a (timely) response, is absurdly unproductive
    • Implement necessary steps or mechanisms before someone can message you
  • Tip #2: Do More Work When You Send Or Reply to E-Mails
    • When faced with a question, pause a moment before replying and take time to answer the following quest: What is the project represented by this message, and what is the most efficient (in terms of messages generated) process for bringing this project to a successful conclusion?
    • Once you've answered the above question, replace a quick response with one that takes the time to describe the process you identified, points out the current step, and emphasizes the step that comes next.
  • Tip #3: Don't Respond
    • Don't respond if:
      • It's ambiguous or otherwise makes it hard for you to generate a reasonable response
      • It's not a question or proposal that interests you
      • Nothing really good would happen if you did respond and nothing really bad would happen if you didn't

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02 December 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 06:10 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time:  10:30 (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
  • ❌ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • 03:02 PM - 03:42 PM
    • I provided some explanations to a client about its SEO results
    • Focus: 3.75/5
    • Duration: 40 minutes

 

  • Average Focus: 3.75 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 40 minutes, including 0 minutes of Deep Work (objective 0 minutes)
  • Total Reading Time: 0 minutes (objective 0 minutes, I'm not reading anything currently)

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03 December 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 06:38 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time:  10:25 PM (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • ✅ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • 09:02 AM - 09:33 AM
    • I did a few verifications
    • Focus: 3.75/5
    • Duration: 31 minutes
  • 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
    • I did a few others verifications
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 30 minutes
  • 01:26 PM - 01:42 PM
    • I had a small call with a client
    • Focus: 4/5
    • Duration: 16 minutes
  • 03:30 PM - 04:36 PM
    • I did some research and started to write a document
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 6 minutes
  • 07:54 PM - 08:43 PM
    • I finished writing the previous document and responded to a client
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 49 minutes

I didn't wanting to work that much today too, but rather just having a lot of unorganized time.

  • Average Focus: 3.65 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 3 hours 12 minutes, including 0 minutes of Deep Work (objective at least 6 hours)
  • Total Reading Time: 0 minutes (objective 0 minutes, I'm not reading anything currently)
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04 December 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 06:36 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time:  09:30 PM (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • ✅ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • 09:38 AM - 10:30 AM
    • I did a small update on a WordPress website, created a new contract and responded to a client.
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 52 minutes
  • 03:04 PM - 03:29 PM
    • I did a small modification and responded to a client
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 25 minutes

I'm still re-calibrating myself and therefore not working that much.

  • Average Focus: 3.5 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes, including 0 minutes of Deep Work (objective at least 6 hours)
  • Total Reading Time: 24 minutes (objective at least 30 minutes)
Edited by Raphael

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05 December 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 05:30 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time:  09:30 PM (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • ✅ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • 09:15 AM - 10:16 AM
    • I replaced the content of some articles.
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 1 minutes
  • 10:41 AM - 12:15 AM
    • I did some WordPress configuration
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • 01:26 PM - 02:38 PM
    • I started to do some changes, than got interrupted by a call by a client. He was angry, he didn't understood why I created two WordPress accounts. I didn't know how to properly handle the situation, I'm uncomfortable with dealing with such social situations, I felt afraid
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 12 minutes
  • 02:56 PM - 04:33 PM
    • I continued the WordPress setup
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes

Deep Work Sessions:

  • 05:01 PM - 18:11 PM
    • I worked on the new website header
    • Focus: 3.5/5
    • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

 

  • Average Focus: 3.5 / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 6 hours 34 minutes, including 1 hour 10 minutes of Deep Work (objective at least 6 hours)
  • Total Reading Time: 0 minutes (objective at least 30 minutes)
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12 hours ago, solene said:

Very impressive! Keep up the good work!

That's a little strange for me because I feel like I'm underperforming and that I could do much better with more efforts.

Anyway, thanks for your support, I really appreciate :)

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06 December 2020

  • Wake Up Time: 07:01 AM (objective 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM)
  • In Bed Time: 09:45 (objective 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
     
  • ✅ 45 minutes of Doing Nothing Before Going To Sleep

Work Sessions:

  • No work for today

 

  • Average Focus: ~ / 5 (objective at least 4 / 5)
  • Total Work Duration: 0 minutes, including 0 minutes of Deep Work (objective at least 6 hours)
  • Total Reading Time: 42 minutes (objective at least 30 minutes)

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