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6 Steps to Get “In the Zone” and Increase Productivity

How would you describe your level of productivity?

Is it like a beautiful, serene lake that’s calm and constant in appearance, or it is like the waves of the ocean – at times tumultuous and other times calm? Do you have bursts of productivity then days go by when you lose your motivation to be productive?

While constancy is preferred and recommended, ebbs and flows are not all bad. In fact, getting ‘in the flow’ and getting ‘in the zone’ are two things that are highly desirable to achieve specific goals.

When to Get In the Zone

You’ve got a task that you need to complete. It’s something that you really want to do, and it contains enough challenge to keep you engaged and on-task without feeling anxious or doubting your ability. What’s the best way to get it done?

Get yourself into the zone and you’ll find that you’ll complete it more quickly than you thought possible. So how do you get into the zone?

But first, what does it mean to get in the zone?

Getting “in the zone” or “in the flow” are terms generally used in psychology to depict being in a powerful state of productivity…being in a purposeful state of focus.

For our purposes, it’s being in a heightened state of productivity for a period of time where you eliminate all distractions in order to achieve a goal you’ve set for yourself. And really, there are advantages to being In this heightened state for only specific periods of time, otherwise, you would actually be placing your body under a lot of stress.

If you have something huge to accomplish, something that’s really important to you and could make a difference in your life and the life of others around you, you may want to get into the productivity flow by applying the points mentioned below.

6 Simple Steps to Get In the Zone

There are six simple steps that can get you in the zone or in the flow.

Step 1: Time – make sure that you give yourself enough time to complete the task. For that, you’ll need the right environment.

Step 2: Environment – you will need a calm, comfortable, and distraction-free environment to work in. Make sure that you are wearing comfortable and suitable clothing, have been to the bathroom, had a snack and drink, and that the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold.

Step 3: Focus on the Process – while you are working toward an end result (goal), it is essential that you focus on the process itself. By doing this you are able to remove all expectations and restrictive thought patterns so that you can release your creativity and problem-solving skills.

Step 4: Engage Your Emotions – to be in the zone you need to be alert and fully engaged because it’s a positive state of being. Negative emotions will only hamper your ability to get into and remain within the flow state, thus diminishing your level of productivity.

Step 5: Action – maintain a state of action and keep the momentum going forward. It’s important to not stop and think as this will prevent negative emotions such as self-doubt creeping in. You need to remain in a state of immersion in the activity without focusing on your ego.

Step 6: Practice – “Practice makes perfect” as the saying goes. So by practicing getting into the zone regularly you will create your own set of rituals and cues that will help you get into the flow state. Over time these will become second nature and your body will respond by entering the zone more quickly and easily.

Regular practice will help you create a unique set of cues and rituals to make the process simpler. Imagine if you were to immerse yourself and get into the flow of what you’re working on without internal or external barriers how much, at least once per week how much your productivity would increase!

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Yvonne A. Joneshttps://50andwisercoaching.com/
YVONNE is a Personal Business Coach | Relationship Marketing Strategist| Amazon Best-Selling Author| International Speaker. She is the Founder of the 50 and Wiser Community on Facebook – a Group of women who want to DO more, GIVE more, and BE more. As a certified Strategy and Accountability Coach, she helps Entrepreneurs, Coaches, Consultants, and Small Business Owners eliminate limiting beliefs, create a business they love, and have fun doing so. Her favorite client is a highly-motivated woman 50 and Wiser who has been in business for approximately one year and is ready to empower herself and move to the next level. Yvonne’s background is in banking, Human Resources, administration, and Customer Service. At 52 years she handed in her resignation and walked away from Corporate America to start her own business full-time. She has experienced the joys and challenges of owning multiple businesses. She was listed on HuffingtonPost.com as one of the “Top 100 Most Social Customer Service Pros on Twitter” and on GetApp.com: “One of the Top 15 Most Influential Customer Service Experts to Follow on Twitter.” Despite the recognition and promotions received while in corporate life in Jamaica and America, she now considers herself “unemployable” due to her love of being her own boss and inspiring others to pursue their passion and dreams. Yvonne’s mantra: “Focus on relationships; the money will follow.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. I practice tennis with real passion and I have heard about “being in the zone” from many athletes when they reached an inner state favorable for their performance.
    Despite individual differences, anyone can enter a state of Flow and everyone at least sometime in their life maybe “ended up” in it spontaneously. It happens when we are intensely dedicating ourselves to something, it can be our job, a hobby or an activity of any kind (even talking to someone!).
    Excellent article, as usual, and above all useful tips on which to train.

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