At the end of our last interview Sebastian briefly touched on the importance of deep work or achieving a "work flow” state. What exactly does this mean, aren’t all work sessions the same? Not necessarily, our attention is constantly being vied for whether it be in the form of texts, Snaps, or news alerts. Let’s be honest, how many times have you sat down with your laptop and told yourself you were going to respond to just this one email and an hour later found yourself watching a highly informative BuzzFeed video on the amount of rubber bands it takes to make a watermelon implode?
Our attention is completely ours! What we decide to devote it to shapes who we are. The time we spend working and studying is no different. Silencing laptop notifications and turning off your phone may seem like a bit much, the type of thing that leads you to color-code your sock drawer, but once you spend a couple of days really concentrating on your work, you begin to notice a higher level of focus that just wasn’t there when your attention was divided between work and social media.
It’s not easy at first, but it’s worth it. On a day when you’re feeling overwhelmed, sit down and tackle your workload free from interruption and you’ll see an improvement in your ability to finish your work and finish it well. Keep in mind that it all begins with a plan. Allotting certain times during the day to finish up readings for class or start working on an internship application for the summer will set an order to your day that’s easy to follow.
There is no right way to plan your routine, some people thrive by divvying up their time to the last minute of every single day, while some prefer to simply set a list of tasks to accomplish throughout the course of a day or week and find that type of schedule to be infinitely more productive than stressing over minutia.
But whatever approach you choose, make sure that you test the waters and never shy away from switching it up and trying something new. The willingness to experiment with your routine will help you tame the hassle of everyday life while still having the opportunity to maximize both your professional and personal experience.
Time is a commodity only if you let it become one.