Can I get my brain to work on command?
This morning I had a pretty big presentation to work on. It had been a roadblock all week. It was going to take some serious deep work time to complete it.
Similar to a computer command, I follow a ritual that gets me into Deep Work mode.
Mostly it happens on auto-pilot, but because I've also been experimenting with interstitial journaling this week, I decided to create a prompt in Roam that would walk me through the ritual. Kind of like invoking a computer command, but for my brain.
So I hit and up jumped my deep work command:
It worked! 90 minutes later I had a complete presentation.
This got me thinking about other commands I might be able to invoke to help my dear brain along.
Whenever I catch myself procrastinating i just hit and the command runs:
This helps me get back into action pretty quickly (& the reward works great)
Every now and then I get all up in my head and overwhelmed about all the things I need to do. If that ever happens, i can hit and the command runs:
This helps get everything out of my head and out of fight or flight mode.
You don't need to be using Roam, or even a computer. Just identifying the commands is super helpful for your brain to get into the state it needs.