The Doing Deep Work IQ Matrix explores what it takes to completely immerse yourself in the most important things that will dramatically accelerate your results. Life is filled with endless distractions. These distractions come from the external environment as well as from within ourselves. And when we’re preoccupied with distractions, we fail to perform at our very best and, subsequently, achieve lackluster results. When we commit to doing deep work, we strive to immerse ourselves in what we’re doing completely. Only in this way can we maximize our output and optimize our results.
This map walks you through what it takes to consistently engage in deep work to help you get the most out of your ability and the time you spend working toward your goals.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Doing Deep Work mind map:
- REQUIREMENTS: Before you set out to engage deeply with your most important work, you must first understand what it truly takes to do deep work. The first branch of this map takes you through five key requirements for deep work. These requirements include making a commitment, finding your confidence, focusing on the process, actively making progress, and consistently focusing on what’s most important.
- CLARIFY: Deep work requires a profound level of clarity about what you’re currently doing that’s working and not working. Moreover, you need to understand how to manage your time and structure your week. The second branch of this map walks you through these critical areas while also helping you gain the clarity you need to perform at your very best.
- FOCUS: Deep work requires a significant level of focus that’s optimally directed on the right things. The third branch of this map helps you identify your most important activities that build your deep work ritual foundation. Here, you will gain the clarity you need to zone in on what’s most important while avoiding the pitfalls of distraction.
- FOLLOW PROTOCOL: The final branch of this map takes you through a five-step protocol you must follow to engage in deep work. These steps include (1) setting your goal, (2) assessing your results, (3) locking in important lessons, (4) targeting improvement, and (5) modifying your goal. Use these steps as a guide to help you consistently engage in deep work throughout the day.
This map provides a roadmap and framework for deeply immersing yourself in your work to boost productivity and achieve your goals. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these concepts and ideas into your subconscious mind.
A mind map does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you are trying to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information, thereby, rewiring itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s the perfect tool for creating lasting change and transformation.