Professional goals: Key practices for blogging

Completely agree here!

The author describes his workflow, but one thing is sure. Mornings are usually the most productive time. If you eliminate the distractions, it helps. As usual, social media is a time sink; some people allude it to water cooler conversations, but I digress. It is only to provide a mechanism for visibility (or a link sharing medium). I am surprised at the growing penchant for “tweetorial” for example. It defies explanation.

First, I now use writing as a primary mechanism to develop my thoughts on a subject.

This is a big change from having conclusions set in some other context like a classroom or team discussion and then sitting down to “write the report.” Or the situation many people face where there are no conclusions set at all — just a hand-wavy slide deck or ephemeral conversation in group chat.

Developing your thoughts and a clear position in a written form that you are comfortable with people reading and using as the basis of a discussion is a terrific quality bar for those thoughts. It’s generally much higher than the aforementioned examples.

You will also quickly discover that the written form contains not “everything you know,” but more along the lines of “just what readers need to know” for that discussion or decision. And in these moments you will feel your own expertise growing.

Here’s another blurb on “deep focus”:

Deep Work helped me transform better-than-average work habits into something I feel is a significant, sustainable, and healthy competitive advantage.

These practices eliminate distractions, structure my day for success, and focus on the work I intend to do — not what the distraction machine or attention economy wants.

Here are short descriptions of those practices in my recommended order of adoption:

No Social Media

The first practice I adopted was reducing then eliminating time and mental energy spent on social media platforms. It’s well known that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are addiction machines that sell your attention to the highest bidder. Twitter was distracting me a couple of hours per day when I took this step.

Two ‘surprising’ things happened when I reduced the Twitter app timer limit to 30 then 5 minutes:

I didn’t miss it

My stress level dropped and mood improved significantly

I usually don’t ascribe fancy definitions to common sense. By staying focused on the job at hand without getting distracted is well, getting the work done. Calling it “deep-focus” or any other superlative is plain jarring and stupid.

Marketing usually involves fancy catchwords. As long as your work is done to your mutual satisfaction, it is imperative to avoid jargon. Those are best kept for the pitch desks!

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