Getting "In the Zone"
How do you get in the zone of highly concentrated, focussed analytical and creative work? How do you set up conditions that are conducive to tasks needing high mental energy and focus?
I find I do strategic or analytical work best when I am in complete silence, with no distractions. However for the last three years I've been working in an open plan office where those conditions are ad hoc to say the least! I keep getting interrupted or distracted by noise and questions. My boss tends to take all his stuff and go work in a small meeting room, or come into work on the weekends. I don't like the meeting rooms as they're not ergonomic and availabiltity is often scarce. At my previous job I used to have a single office so could just shut the door for peace and quiet. Home is not normally quiet unless it is very early Sat/Sun with the family in bed asleep. So this type of work I have really been falling behind in and need to make a way to get more done on a daily basis.
So how do others cope with this? Do you setup a special quiet time/space? Or do you make a context and just take advantage of quiet times when they arise?