Working in the zone

The zone. That magical place where all the productivity lies. That place where everybody wants to reach, the Promised land, the Valhalla of corporate worker, the… ok, ok Stefan, they got the point. Get back on track.

So, the zone, the flow, the state of focus where you can achieve a lot of things in a short amount of time. We’ve all been there, right? Working really hard, becoming so focused that we don’t realise when the time flies and puff!, like magic the work is done. This is what means to be in the zone. To get the work done.

Last Friday I took the day off (hooray for me!). But taking a day off also means that I had to finish all my tasks in 4 days instead of 5. And, for your information, that’s not an easy thing to do.

Somehow I’ve managed to do it, mostly because I’ve managed to enter in the “zone”. And it’s not something magical or a hard thing to do. I’ve managed to do this because I’ve worked with a good plan and I’ve spread my tasks in a good flow.

Because that is what working in the zone means. Having a good workflow. The trick is trying to work on the tasks in such a way, that they complement each other.

I was writing in my WFM articles that historical data matter when you are trying to make your own schedule. You have to gather data from the past regarding your own actions, evaluate the way you are doing your daily tasks, and then takes the steps towards improvement.

This is how I managed to get into the zone in the last weeks, and honestly I’m expecting to be the same for the future weeks. And now I’m trying to add the zone outside the office, in my day to day life. But that’s a story for another time.

Did you ever manage to get into the zone? How was it? How did you do it? Let me know in the comments.

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