Embracing deep work as indie maker

May 09, 2021careermaker

Becoming a successful indie maker takes hard work. It’s going to be a sizable time commitment. But just how big of a time commitment do I need to make to find success?

So how many hours should I work per week? There’s no correct answer. The hours I work are a meaningless measure as long as I’m not making money. Popular recommends are extensive work hours, substantial sacrifices, giving up sleep, 60 to 100 hours per week, and on and on.

You know what I do everyday? Write some code, answer a question, send an email, check Facebook, write some code, check on babies, write some more code!

Each switch consumes my energy and time, both of which are finite resources. The most critical effect of constant task switching is that I never enter a state of deep focus and concentration.

The bottom line is to work as many hours as I can without harming my personal life, productivity and overall health.

The real question is can I still be successful if I work less hours? No one can promise that, but there are tons of researches show that working intensely (deep work) is better than longer hours (shallow work), and I’ll still have a bit of time for myself and my family.

Shallow work is the present reality for a lot of people, characterized by a distracted work mindset and un-engaging tasks that return mediocre results.

Deep work involves picking a single task and focusing on it without any distraction, expected to increase productivity and improve work quality.

Scientists generally agree that the ideal daily working time is around 6 hours, and more concentrated in the morning. This is what being practiced in Sweden, and they are currently experiencing significant success.

To start embracing deep work, I put aside 4 hours of highly-focused distraction-free in the morning for difficult tasks like writing new content or developing new product features. Anything unimportant will be done during rest of the day as shallow work.

Initially day-to-day attempts at deep work don’t feel adequate for a goal I’m striving towards; it does take time to change the temptation of long working hours. I often combine deep work with batch working lifestyle, buffering tasks for the whole weeks or months ahead.

According to my personal tracking statistics, the result surprises me after couple months following deep work strategy, I accomplished more work as twice as before when I worked literally 10 to 12 hours daily.