A lot of my productivity hacks come from Deep Work - Cal Newport.
An "ah ha" I got from his book was to set up my environment and mental state properly.
Before I work, I take the dog for a walk and mentally walk through what I want to accomplish, and I attempt to get into the frame of mind necessary for extreme focus -- the kind a chess champion or a surgeon would need.
Once home, I prepare a coffee, some water and a few snacks. I clean my desk, write down my time blocks and todos for the day, and in general just get ready so I won't have to move for hours.
When I'm ready, I close my office door and I completely get in the zone. All unnecessary browser tabs are closed, phone is at a safe distance so I won't check twitter, etc.
With practice, I can enter the zone fairly quickly, and with my little todo list next to me, I am often very pleased with the results of the day.
Good points, the book is going on my reading list :)
I was very glad when I finally bought it. The sooner you read it, the better :)
Phone at a safe distance ... Hmm, I could really use that!
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