What do you do when you have a ton of important creative work to do, and are feeling stressed about your ability to get it done? My solution is to plan a “cave day”, which is basically a block of time dedicated to doing deep work. On this episode, I share a few best practices for planning and executing a “cave day”, then we interview Molly Sonteng, co-founder of CaveDay.org, about what she’s learned from leading group work sessions.
Why should you intentionally go “into the cave”?
- You have time dedicated to what matters most
- So much of our stress is not knowing when and how the work will get done
- You eliminate the possibility of the tyranny of the urgent
- You psychologically orient yourself toward your biggest priorities
- You perform better when your mind is able to connect dots
- Your creative intuition and your senses are honed when you are doing “deep work”
- You notice nuances that you overlook when you are distracted
- You channel your resources like a river
How to go “into the cave”:
- Literally make your space like a cave
- Low lighting
- Immersive sound
- Sensory deprivation
- Have a cave-entering ritual
- Light a candle or play some music
- Re-affirm your objectives
Set a time limit.