How To Plan A “Cave Day” To Get Work Done

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, 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

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Todd Henry

Todd Henry

Positioning himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution”, Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

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