What is Caveday?

And why should it be part of your focus toolkit?

Chris Jennings

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Photo Courtesy of Caveday

For the past few months, I’ve been using a new tool in my focus toolkit. It’s been something that has allowed me to get more deep work done with fewer distractions. It’s also allowed me to connect with a community of like-minded folks who are working on important projects that benefit from chunks of uninterrupted focus.

Today I want to tell you about Caveday. What is it? How does it work? And why should you be using it to boost your productivity and mindfulness?

What is Caveday?

Caveday is a company born out of the necessity to accomplish more in less time by monotasking. The three co-founders started the project as a way to encourage deep work sessions to accomplish those big, scary projects that have been hanging out on your to-do list for far too long. Like most things, this experience moved from the physical world to the digital world in the form of focused Zoom sessions that they call “caves”.

A Caveday cave consists of one 1-hour sprint of concentrated work. They also offer 3-hour caves that are composed of three sprints with short breaks in between. Whether you’re in the short or long cave, the goal is the same. You want to choose one (or possibly two) tasks to complete within each sprint and push aside all other distractions.

That means muting notifications on your computer. Closing all unnecessary browser tabs or apps. And maybe most importantly, silencing, turning off, or putting away your phone so it doesn’t tempt you during your concentrated work sessions. Easier said than done for some people right?

How Does it Work?

You’re able to signup for a timeslot on the Caveday website. You’ll be able to try out your first Cave for free then decide if you’d like to pay per cave or become a member for a monthly fee. They really do make the onboarding process super simple. Once you’ve chosen the time of your cave, you’ll receive reminders beforehand to make sure you don’t miss it.

When the time rolls around, you’ll join the Zoom link they provide and you’re in! You’ll be joined by fellow cave dwellers and your intrepid cave guide (full disclosure — I have led a cave before and it’s really…

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Chris Jennings

I write about the intersection of technology, productivity, and mindfulness. See more of my work at iterate.substack.com