For me, there are many times when I am just going along doing what I need to do, and then I find myself “in the zone.” My productivity is soaring and I am getting a lot accomplished. Ever been there? It was as if an internal switch was flip and I was getting things done at warp speeds. Flipping your switch and landing yourself in the zone can sometimes seem like something that happens accidentally and other times you wonder what the heck you’re doing wrong. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With time and understanding, you can learn what can trigger you to flip your switch and as a result, you get A LOT done!
Eliminate External Distractions
External distractions are truly the bane of modern existence. Notifications, ringing phones, other people: whatever the distractions are, do your best to remove them from your environment so you can focus. How many browser tabs do you have open at once? Each one of those can be a visual distractor. How often do you check email? Stick to a task, and concentrate ONLY on that task.
Eliminate Internal Distractions
This doesn’t just mean a growling stomach. Fleeting thoughts, angst over a disagreement with your partner, or your own anxiety. All these things can push at your brain and keep you from finding your own zone. Try journaling out ideas that are on repeat in your mind or meditating to clear the mental clutter.
Find & Work at Your Peak Time
Find the time when you are best able to concentrate and do your best work. Everyone’s peak time is different, and it may take time to find yours. However, discovering at what times of the day you work best will allow you to rearrange your schedule so that you can use your time wisely.
Find Your Groove Music
You may not be a music person, or you know that you always get distracted. In that case, skip this hack. However, for many, the right music can help tune out distractions and help you find your pace and groove to set your work to. If you are leery of this hack, try putting one or two songs on repeat or listening to classical music for an hour or so to see how it goes.
Multitasking, like external distractions, may also be the bane of modern-day existence. It was once hailed as the ultimate sign of a productive individual. However, we now know that multitasking cuts into productivity and equates to tasks taking longer. Try focusing on a particular job for as long as you can, preferably until that task is done. When you first start, this may be a short amount of time, but you can slowly work your way up.
Finding yourself in the zone can be something that you learn to do. But first, you must learn what triggers you to flip the switch and get things done.