I call this concentration. It is an old-fashioned idea. I find I work best removing all distractions and working on a single job.
Almost all my work involves writing, so this means finding a laser-like focus. That’s easy to say, but hard to do.
Recently, I found myself in town between appointments. The company where I had my first call offered me the use of a quiet business lounge. Here I could use my iPad and wireless keyboard to catch-up with an important writing job.
The iPad is ideal for this because, although it can task switch, it focuses on a single application. In this case my app was iA Writer. I hunkered down, read through my notes and began writing.
Ninety minutes later I looked up. The time has passed almost without my noticing it. I had written the best part of a major magazine feature. I did it without speaking to another human, without answering a phone, checking mail or messages. I achieved a Zen-like flow.
The self-imposed limitations made me more productive.