Ever gotten so "in the zone" at work that you completely lost track of time?
This intense state of concentration is sometimes also called "flow." Your whole world becomes you and the project you're working on -- and it feels great to emerge from that state after getting a whole lot done in not a lot of time.
If you're like most people, achieving "flow" only happens every once in a while. In fact, the average office worker gets interrupted from their work every three minutes.
Thankfully, if you combine self-discipline, good habits, and a productive work space, you can retrain yourself to get into a deep state of focus when you really need to. Check out the infographic below from Online Course Report to learn helpful tips on getting "in the zone" and increasing your productivity when it really matters. (Be sure to check out the flowchart in there on whether a meeting is actually worth your time.)
Originally published Apr 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated June 10 2021