TurboNav’s Deep Work Integration

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TurboNav’s Deep Work Integration

January 31, 2022

I believe in the idea of doing great work that can be fulfilling. It does requires a great deal of attention and focus, but the energy put towards improving your craft, and dedication towards working on hard problems creates an enjoyable atmosphere for you. Cal Newport coined the idea of Deep Work, here’s his definition of deep work:

Professional activity performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.

What if we integrated deep work concepts into a tab manager, to help people stay organized and focused throughout their day, and accomplished the goals they had set?

This document will explore incorporating key principles from Deep Work into TurboNav. TurboNav at it’s core is a simple tab manager that’s powered with a command-line experience. These designs are work-in-progress so it’s likely to change, but the goal will not: The goal is to empower people to do their best work and create a frictionless experience on their browser to get work done.

TurboNav’s Command-Line System

First, let’s talk about TurboNav’s command-line system. It all revolves around TurboNav’s simple input. You can type what you want and you’ll get results. Currently supports typing to find an opened tab, /save a link, copy /url , copy /markdown, or schedule a tab for later. Example. Type “/schedule”, then "Tomorrow at 9am".

TurboNav supports a couple a list of growing /commands to better manage tabs. (check below)

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The concept of /commands in TurboNav is important for the conversation below.

Let’s move onto the Deep Work integration designs.

Planning

Planning helps with staying organized and understanding your next steps. There are multiple forms of planning. Planning for a task, a project, a sprint, a day, a week, a month. TurboNav is going to hone in on one aspect. Daily Planning. TurboNav’s goal with this approach is to help generate momentum throughout your day to help you get focused work done. Planning is going to be crucial to make this happen.

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You’ll reach this screen by typing the /plan command in TurboNav. The intention here is to help people plan their day in order to work through focus sessions (more on that in the next session). I’m currently only adding the essential elements here (for MVP, as of Jan 31, 2021):

  • Today’s Goal section: All the goals you have set for the day.
  • Completed Goal Progress Meter: The current progress for tasks completed
  • Pending Goals: Goals that were unable to be completed previously

I have a few additional ideas like:

  • tagging tasks that are “shallow” vs “deep work” task
    • shallow tasks are things like responding to an email or message through Slack
  • scheduling those shallow tasks at a specific time. Example. open gmail each day at 3pm to check email
  • applying the 80/20 rule to identify that you’re working on the most important task for the day. The task that will provide 80% of your results

For now, keeping only the essential and working through the next step which is integration with the /focus command.

Focus Sessions

When doing work on our browsers, we can get easily distracted. After all, we can easily open a new tab and search for any information in the world or just go to YouTube. We live in a very distracted world, and nothing is changing that anytime soon. It’s up to us to create a distraction-free environment. Being focused and intentional with how we concentrate to get work done is crucial for getting great work done.

That’s where the /focus command comes in to play.

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The /focus command will help people work through their goals by creating a distraction-free environment. Select your goal and browser window, TurboNav will minimize the remainder of your windows.

What you’ll see in TurboNav is the window you’re actively focused in and the goal you have defined for your focus session. Notice how the distracting window is minimized.

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Now for MVP, this workflow isn’t perfect, if you wanted, you could easily open a distracting page. The goal with this workflow is to continue iterating to create a complete distraction-free environment when you type /focus. A likely enhancement to this workflow will be a web-page blocker, to create barriers from distracting pages such as Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, etc. I believe this will create a truly distraction-free environment for people that struggle with staying focused.

I plan on adding that feature after launch day (TBD)

As you finish your goal within a focus session, you can /complete a goal to mark it as done. It’s simple and you’ll see your progress throughout the day as you complete goals

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For the MVP, you’ll be able to see the focus milestones you accomplished throughout your day. Just a record of all completed tasks, forgot what you accomplished this week? Visit your Focus Milestones.

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I have thought about incorporating a gamified experience towards staying focused. What about a Focus Score? It’s an interesting concept, that I want to explore further. Likely after launch day. Let me know what you think about this concept?

Shutdown Ritual

You’ve had a successful and productive day and you have quite a few tabs opened, but you’re ready to leave for the day. HOLD ON! Wrapping up for the day and cleaning things up is a good habit to improve. By doing so you provide a good foundation for the next day.

That’s where the /shutdown command comes in. This command will support a workflow for cleaning up those opened tabs quickly and be prepared for the next day.

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The idea here is to support a Keep/Close system that helps you review the tabs you have opened. Are they necessary for the next day? Are they in the right window? If you don’t need them you can save it using a #hashtag or /schedule it for later. Quickly review your tabs with keyboard shortcuts!

The idea is to help people keep an organized browser throughout their week.

Commands for Deep Work

So there you have it: /plan, /focus, and /shutdown. Three commands to help you stay focused and organized throughout your day. I’m really excited to incorporate these features into a tab manager. The plan is to have these three features integrated into TurboNav Pro, in preparation for launching to a wider audience. The intention here is to quickly validate my assumptions about deep work and the possibilities of integrating with a tab manager. So feedback is important! If you find this interesting, I invite you to follow my journey. I’m sharing my progress on Twitter: @howdy_miguel. If you want to join the waitlist, go to turbonav.com and sign up for the TurboNav Pro waitlist!

peace ✌️

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