So, Most artists tend to be these kinds of people who are all like, wishy- washy and easily
distracted. As a result their work’s quality and ability to turn out in decent numbers tend to diminish because of well, their stereotypes they tend to have nowadays.
DeepWork isn’t really a true cure but can be integrated in a way that allows them to at least get the actually important stuff done.
Working and Hardcore Hobbyist tend to have this trait already, after a certain level they get to, they have this knack to just grind down on the piece or project for hours on end, and ends up pulling off a fast too along the way.
But there are a few factors at play that makes this DeepWork actually possible.
First. Let’s start with the fundamentals.
- Less Distractions
- A suitable working area.
- A set time and phase.
These things tend to be really critical to get the heavy stuff done and if the artist can leverage these starting points off right, it’s much easier to pull off the deep work state.
Some things are obvious.
Just turn off the phone, not just social media, but the phone. people. Like, it will save you hours if you turn it off and stack that by like the rest of the year. The data shows it.
Your Music or Track-list. Make it either minimal and have it ready to go for hours on ends.
Podcasts works too if one knows that it’s not too engaging. So, avoid that infamous Joe Rogans, because it will take you off course and next thing you know, you’ll want to listen to his crazy guests instead of drawing or painting.
A nice cool area. This case is more personal but a slightly cool quiet working area is best for me.
That is just my peak operating temperature actually.
A Good spot. Could be in the private room or studio, or if one is really rich. A Villa or Cottage somewhere Bob Ross must have painted with a bunch of Happy trees.
So, after Setting up the foundations and starting. Assuming you actually did all those things and not check you phone for the tenth time this day.
You’ll enter a state that is trying to do more stuff. Instead do this. Concentrate. Be disciplined and make it through the 20-30 min mark called the concentration threshold. It’s like a barrier of where one is too distracted and doing stuff, and the other is well just them and the work in front of them.
Some tips to sustain the deep work may include, using 5-10 min breaks to have water or stretch. Avoid food. If so, make it light.
Use this strategy of using micro breaks and the deep work to get sections of the project or piece done in no time.
In this day and age, Deep work may well be a skillset on it’s own. So practice.
Like, this skill may well take weeks to get good enough to use often and learn to integrate parts of it in you life.
In my case. I tend to start in the morning and finish my projects or mini grinds by the lunch-o-clock mark. Perhaps 2-3 hrs isn’t enough but for my project’s case. Coupled that with 7 days. 14-21 hr on it would be more than enough from my understanding. If it was for large scale paintings with oils or acrylics maybe double or quad that.
Deep Work only works if one knows their effective range. So, use it not like a tool or technique but part of you life.
So, the final takeaway?
- Have a Good Starting Point and State
- Break the concentration threshold
- Enter Deep work and use micro breaks to sustain it.
Eventually you will get good and get much done.
for the video essays here are a few.
*Deep Work was coined by the term Cal Newport, and the Author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World