On Deep Work, Focus, and Margin

Shawn Blanc on focus:

I totally know how it goes. You’re sitting down to work on a project, but after 10 or 20 minutes you hit a roadblock. What then? Do you instinctively reach for your phone to check Facebook? Do you switch over to the Twitter app or check your email inbox real quick? Or do you stay focused?

And:

When you are trying to focus on deep work, don’t give up after 15 minutes. Stick with it for an hour.

I’m a new evangelist for long periods of times for focus, but making time to fiddle around with stuff that doesn’t require a serious amount of focus has been essential to my work. More on this later…