Deep Work is All-Consuming
I forget how tired I can become when I give myself totally to something that really touches my core desires. The results may be slow, the output minimal at first, but the activity is so engaging, so all consuming, that I’m fatigued like a heavy workout.
When I mistake this deep work for “items on my to do list” or “working for someone else’s vision”, I think I can just roll into the next item. But they are radically different kinds of activity and when I don’t plan adequate recovery time, I end up falling over mid-sentence.