Like many parents, when schools were closed due to the Govt-19 epidemic, Elizabeth Hunter was more responsible for raising her three children, who now have 100% distance classes.
But his workload has also increased.
As co-founder of STEMTaught, a foundation that offers Besfok science curricula, the California-based scientist began to work out how his project could be active in a virtual environment, as well as working with teachers and publishers in multiple time zones. Versions of the teaching material are fast.
Combining this increased workload – including logistics issues such as collecting learning tools and shipping and scheduling online lab sessions with students – leaves some gaps in his silence with his children’s education, in which he can really focus.
Hunter then puts everyone to bed early in the morning and starts working late at night, taking some quiet time to do creative work preparing research plans while dealing with the most practical tasks during the day.
“I’m set a destiny for myself, the kids are asleep, and if it’s not too late, I’m working instead of washing dishes or doing housework. I value those times like diamonds – they can make me so precious. My deepest thought work,” he said. Says.
This is the challenge that many of us face: We are busier than ever, but we need uninterrupted periods to do work that requires our deep attention..
Popular Theories Our most valuable work takes place only after we are freed from our distractions — mitigating the disorder of the mind pushes us into a state of leap, which is a haven for creativity and thriving productivity.
Prior to Covid-19, children could use dedicated office hours or naturally produced peak hours while in school to access that ‘zone’ and perform tasks that required greater concentration.
Now, accessing this kind of deep work zone may seem almost impossible. If you are busy with a lot of tasks, finding unrestricted time for productivity can be unreliable.
Fortunately, there are ways to improve the limited ‘deep work’ time we have, to plan for downtime, and to create meaningful work despite competing demands for our attention.
Elizabeth Hunter (right) uses quiet times while her family sleeps to do her focused work – Photo: Personal Archive
There are many suggestions for creating an environment that will help you create your best work.
Call Newport, author of “Deep Work: The Rules for Success in Focusing on the Distracted World”, said most distractions are “controllable” external stimuli that can be removed with big gestures, such as working in a hotel room or leaving social media.
Recommends the popular Trollo productivity application Find where people are not in your external view and invest in noise-canceling headphones.
Recommended by Steven Kotler, Managing Director, Flow Research Collective, a research and training organization Follow uninterrupted focus modules for 90 to 120 minutes to increase flow.
However, many of these recommendations do not fit our current realities; For the most busy people, the commitment to creativity and productivity cannot be isolated processes that take place in invincible windows.
“We are interested in the idea of a lone artist working frantically with almost divine inspiration,” says Mahreen Zubari, a contemporary Pakistani artist, mother of two.
But in his creative practice, Zuberi separates his time from thinking and executing, and most of his ideological arts are completed in the early morning before the children wake up.
She splits Running at short intervals throughout the day Because he knows that attention and focus are precious assets that need to be valued wisely, and it is much easier to take the job in small particles and pick up the space left over from it.
It makes sense to separate different aspects of the same task as Superi.
For some people, finding time to work without interruption may seem completely unrealistic – Photo: ALAMY
Many people use non-business hours to prioritize hard work or special projects – but insomnia can hinder productivity (and trying to match everything late day or night is inevitable, since children can wake up early, anyway).
Working on this schedule consistently for all aspects of a task reinforces the mindset that there is a ‘place’ for productivity, without healthy overlays with other responsibilities during the day.
Also, as Superi’s work pattern shows, Not all areas of a task require the same focus..
By determining which parts of a task she needs the most productive time, she allocates them to non-intermittent hours, which gives her a greater chance of success.
Sophie Leroy, managing professor at the University of Washington Bottle in the United States, says that once you’ve set aside time for a more focused task, preparing in advance will help you find your attention quickly.
“Identify the most important task the night before. Remind yourself of what you will do when you sit down, as you move away from non-work responsibilities the next morning,” says Leroy.
“It’s like driving a car. You can slowly increase the speed to 100km / h or go from 0 to 100 very fast.”
Metaphorically it takes time to warm up the engine and take off with a clear direction, but instead jumps and tries to find its way.
Nausheen Shahzad, managing director of the Center for Neuropsychology in Karachi, Pakistan, likens “warming” to an elementary school teacher at a private clinic that specializes in educational psychology and training.
“The purpose of learning is not to send letters. It’s to recover that file in the language – related brain so that learning can be more welcome,” he explains.
For some, interruptions are a part of life – so learning to anticipate them can help – Photo: ALAMY
This ‘brain activation’ also applies to busy adults.
“Let’s say you want to write a stream for flowers. You can start thinking about it when you make dishes,” Shahzad points out.
Clearing our mind also helps us access deeper concentration.
So if worries or lost thoughts persist, Grace Lindsay, a computational neuroscientist at University College London (UCL) in the UK, recommends a quick brain-dump – something as simple as this Write on a notepad or email you what you have in mind.
“We know we can not keep many things in our minds at once. When you focus on deep work, reduce the number of things in your mind. Do not combine them all,” says Lindsay, a writer from the book Models of the Mind.
Of course, finding holes for uninterrupted work, considering our personal circadian rhythms, does not coincide with the time of day that can be naturally produced.
This means that when interruptions are inevitable we should try to conform to our normal rhythm or start a difficult task.
Leroy, who studies the cognitive and emotional implications of interruptions, says that a strategy is to accept that interruptions will occur and thereby reduce our ability to track them down.
“Frustration, anger, stress and anxiety are the usual emotional responses to interruption, and these negative emotions are easily thought out and difficult to focus on after the interruption, hindering progress.”
“By accepting [o fato de que as interrupções podem ocorrer] As our model, we reduce the likelihood of these negative emotions occurring. It will never be like that, ‘Aha! I interrupted, ‘But this is a very practical approach,’ he says.
Leroy developed and tested the ‘ready to restart’ intervention (translated as “ready to start again”) to deal with the reality of the interruptions.
The idea is to “give your brain what it needs to function effectively in the face of frequent disruptions.”
As she sits down to work, she leaves a sheet on her desk, keeping in mind the potential obstacles, where she was at work and how she hopes to return before dealing. Interruption.
In testing the effectiveness of the approach in the lab, Leroy found that it took people as little as a minute or even five seconds to achieve cognitive closure and completely divert attention.
This helped to avoid the remnants of attention, the useless division of cognitive resources that occurs when thoughts about the previous task persist and penetrate into the next.
However, it is possible to extract more ‘diamonds’ from precious deep work time – and use it more effectively – it is worth remembering that in the end these are weird times.
Productivity and in-depth work can be very different depending on the person, profession, status, part of the job – or an epidemic. Sometimes it doesn’t seem so sexy.
The trick is to change the expectations of what our work day will look like and realize that productivity and creativity are not standard processes.
Because it doesn’t matter how we walk towards success, we can all achieve our own version of the optimal performance level, even when we are all busy.
As Lindsay says, “This is unbelievable for one person. You have to find a solution, there is one, there is always … … the idea does not always agree with everyone’s experience. Be successful.”