If you are looking for some pointers on how to incorporate deep focus time into your work day, here are a few techniques you can try to get started.

Pomodoro Technique: Boost your focus by working in blocks of time, typically 25 minutes long (called pomodoro sessions), followed by a 5 minute break. Build up your deep focus muscle, by stringing together more and more Pomodoro blocks until you can do 2 or 3 sessions in a row. This is a great technique to start with if you find it difficult to find an hour at a time to do deep focus. Read More

Flowtime Technique: Get into the zone. Pick one task, write it down and commit to only doing that one task between the time you start and the time you choose to stop. No pressure of a timer. Your Kettle will keep track of the time you spend in deep focus and report back at the end of your session. Take a break when you need one. This technique works great if you already have a good feel for when you work best and when you need a break. Read More

Deep Working Technique:  Interval training for your brain. “Treat your attention with a lot of respect, like a professional athlete might treat their body.” This technique helps you develop habits: Have an outcome in mind before you start, block out time in your calendar (at least 90 minutes), embrace boredom, use productive meditation, add urgency with the ‘20% less rule’. This advanced technique works well if you already have a good practice of deep focus and want to raise it to the next level. Read More

The “Five More Rule”: This is a simple way of learning to concentrate better. Whenever you feel like quitting – just do five more minutes to extend your focus. Read More