Sometimes, I read things which make me want nod out loud.
“The trouble is, getting into “the zone” is not easy. When you try to measure it, it looks like it takes an average of 15 minutes to start working at maximum productivity. Sometimes, if you’re tired or have already done a lot of creative work that day, you just can’t get into the zone and you spend the rest of your work day fiddling around, reading the web, playing Tetris.
The other trouble is that it’s so easy to get knocked out of the zone. Noise, phone calls, going out for lunch, having to drive 5 minutes to Starbucks for coffee, and interruptions by coworkers — ESPECIALLY interruptions by coworkers — all knock you out of the zone. If you take a 1 minute interruption by a coworker asking you a question, and this knocks out your concentration enough that it takes you half an hour to get productive again, your overall productivity is in serious trouble.”
It’s definitely true for me – working in an open-plan lab means that I can’t help but be interrupted on a fairly regular basis. I’ll often find that in an hour of ‘good’ work, I get as much done as I do for the rest of a whole day. Of course, it can’t all be attributed to interruptions, because sometimes I just feel ‘switched on’. It’d be nice to be able to get ‘in the zone’ on demand! Too often, my mind wanders off, and I end up in a different kind of zone…