Last week after a session with a client I wrote the phrase DIG-IN on a post-it note. I have been staring at it all week.
At the same time I am reading a book called Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. It examines how the ability to go deep, focus, and practice being bored can create space for great work in an increasingly distracted world. I have been enthralled with the book and am starting to feel shifts in my own behavior in terms of my relationship with outside input. After staring at the DIG-IN post-it for a week, now it has me wondering where I can dig-in to my life to create that deep work, to cultivate the experience of undistracted focus.
Recently I had a coaching session which blew open my heart. In closing the session my coach gave me some exercises to do over the next two weeks. I have been putting them off, rationalizing to myself why later will be better. But this morning as I was reading my weekly horoscope I realized that I have no choice but to dive deep, to dig-in to the uncomfortable place of vulnerability my coach and I found. I have to make the time. I have to block it out on my calendar, just the same way I block out chunks of time for clients, chunks of time for writing, chunks of time for my relationship, I need to block out chunks of time to dig-in. We all do.
We all need to block out chunks of time to dig-in. Create space for deep undistracted time. Whether creative, athletic, or mindful, digging-in allows us to get acquainted with ourselves.
One way I create undistracted time in my life, is by unplugging. I'm taking a month long break from social media. I discontinued my cable television. I check my email once a day. I leave my phone outside of the office during the day and in the kitchen while I sleep. It feels strange. It takes practice. These are just experiments in how to find more space. More time to be me. I invite you to DIG-IN. To find some space of your own.