Use the four disciplines of execution to execute your deep work strategy.

By executing the four disciplines, you will become massively productive, creating new opportunities and success for yourself.


  1. Focus on the wildly important.
    Deep work is not meant to be done 10-12 hours a day. At maximum, you can work deeply for about four hours. So choose goals that are tangible and will produce substantial benefits if achieved—make sure they can be completed within 4 hours.
  2. Act on the lead measures.
    They are two types of measures to track progress: Lag measures refer to the final results, and lead measures refer to your behaviors that drive the results. For example, if you want to lose weight, your weight is the lag measure, and the number of hours of exercise done is a lead measure. Always act on the lead measures (e.g., work more hours if you’re exercising, or fill in more applications if you’re job hunting).
  3. Keep a compelling scoreboard.
    The best way is to use a physical scoreboard and hang it on your wall. Write down the number of hours spent working on tasks, and circle the point where you complete each task.
  4. Create a cadence of accountability.
    Having accountability means to set up weekly meetings with your friends or with yourself to discuss your deep work progress. This is the most powerful step, as real execution happens here.
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