4 smart habits to get in the zone and maximize productivity

Have you ever been “in the zone”? You know, that highly productive state where you can accomplish almost anything? It feels pretty awesome when it hits.

Finding “the zone” is a subject that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. How can I attain that unwavering focus more often? What strategies can I try to boost my efficiency?

While searching for these answers, I’ve found that the old saying, “work smarter, not harder” is absolutely key.  So today I’m sharing 4 smart habits to help you get in the zone and maximize productivity.

Are you ready? Let’s do this.

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4 smart habits to get in the zone and maximize productivity

Find the right location

Here’s the deal. Not everyone works well in the same location. My brother-in-law does all of his work at Starbucks. I have a friend who loves going to the library each day. And I like heading to the office every morning, though when the occasion arises, I enjoy working from home as well.

So whether you find the constant bustle of a coffee shop inspiring, or you need complete silence to concentrate, it is important to discover which environment works best for you.

When you find that perfect location, make it a habit to work there consistently. You will soon associate the space with accomplishing work, which will inspire increased focus. Little distractions won’t slow you down, and you’ll be one step closer to reaching the zone.

Know your peak productivity time

Are you a morning person? Do you work better in the afternoon or in the evening? Is there a time when your energy plummets and productivity is out of the question? (For me, that time is between 3-4 p.m.)

The simple secret here is to work with your personal rhythm. When you take time to recognize your cycle of productivity, you’ll have a clear understanding of when you should tackle those big projects.

If you’re not productive until after 12:00, for example, then make it a habit to tackle low-energy tasks in the morning. (Returning phone calls, answering emails etc.) Then, when you’re at your peak, launch into your big projects and get in the zone.

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Get enough sleep, and be smart about caffeine

I know, I know. I keep harping on the importance of sleep. Maybe it’s because I need to keep reminding myself as well (ha!) But let’s think about this for a minute…

Sleep impacts everything. And when your sleep tank is empty, productivity nosedives. Then what happens? You turn to caffeine.

And yes, caffeine, in small doses, is incredibly effective for most people. But not everyone’s reactions to caffeine are the same.  Some people can drink cup after cup of coffee. But others feel jittery and anxious, which has the opposite of the desired effect; it pulls you out of the zone.

So it’s important to understand your own reactions to caffeine. Think about how it impacts your productivity, and whether you might benefit from cutting back a bit.

4 easy ways to get in the zone and boost your productivity today! Stay focused, complete your to-do lists, and reach your goals. #focus #productivity #entrepreneur #worklifebalance #timemanagement #personaldevelopment #personalgrowth

Deep Breathing

My last tip is one that you can implement today. Right now, in fact. And this is the practice of deep breathing. I came across a Tedtalk called Breathe to Heal, which looks at why anxiety, stress, and sleep dysfunction are widespread problems around the world. The speaker, Max Strom, explains that 10-20 minutes of breathing exercises each day can combat these “debilitating challenges.”

Yes, just breathing!

Now…I can say with 100% confidence, that breathing is something we all do every day. (Dry humor alert). And by practicing the strategy of deep breathing, we are able to reduce the anxiety that so many of us live with on a daily basis.

As we know, tension and stress are often the culprits of a racing mind, which inhibits our ability to focus. By implementing these deep breathing exercises, however, we quiet our those thoughts. This, in turn, helps us get in the zone and maximize productivity much more quickly.

So if you’re searching for new strategies to increase your productivity and focus, give these 5 smart strategies a try. From finding an ideal workspace, to knowing your peak productivity time, to regularly practicing deep breathing, there is an easy option for everyone to try today!


Have you ever been “in the zone?” What are your strategies to get in the zone and maximize productivity? Have you ever tried deep breathing exercises?  I’d love to hear from you. Please let me know below!

28 thoughts on “4 smart habits to get in the zone and maximize productivity”

  1. My zone time is after 2pm peaking at 4pm. I do best outdoors in the shade. Coffee and butter.. I can’t do it but I have several friends that do. Always, deep breathing.

  2. These are excellent tips!! In school, I used to need some sort of background noise. I was very productive with music on. Now as an adult, I find that my mind has changed. I now work better in complete silence. I do still enjoy the coffee shop scene, but I find it best for “taking in” my inspirations. Then I have to go home to a quiet place where I can “produce”. Weather that be writing, drawing, etc. Thanks for sharing these tips!! I will be pinning this. 🙂

    1. That’s fantastic. I love that you find your inspiration at coffee shops and then produce that work at home. What a great strategy 🙂

  3. Anne | Like the morning sun

    My peak productivity time seems to be when the kids are back from school… which isn’t convenient at all, haha. Then I need my time to spend with them instead of doing computer tasks. But I need to rethink my schedule, so thank you for this inspiring post!

  4. I have yet to find the time where I am most productive…Add that to the to-do list. 🙂 I also would love to learn to breathe. I have learned the art of Bulletproof coffee… and yes, it does give my brain energy to shred (slay) (is that what the kids are saying these days). Great tips!! I needed them this week! <3

    1. Oh wow! I love that you’ve tried bulletproof coffee! I totally need to try this now. Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Glitter On A Dime

    I love being in the zone and feel like it definitely does not happen often enough. Thanks so much for these tips!

  6. I can’t cut coffee out of my life because well, what would be the point of living? But I’ve noticed that if I have caffeine after 1 pm, I won’t be able to sleep well at night. Also, I recently heard about the adding fat to your coffee trend as well! A lot of people put coconut oil in their coffee which is something I’d like to try. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Ha! I totally agree. I’m not giving up my coffee anytime soon 🙂 I’ve heard about coconut oil, too. It is so interesting!

  7. This was such a helpful post. I am in the midst of setting up my schedule to get started studying for MCAT and with 2 kids I am finding it really hard to manage my time. But I totally agree with the “work smarter, not harder” approach!

  8. This is great! A few days a week, I will experience being “in the zone” but I’m still trying to figure out what brings it on within me. Not sure if it’s my sleep or what I’ve eaten that day. Either way, I’m like Superwoman when I’m in it so it’s awesome! 🙂

  9. These are all great tips! It’s especially true about finding your productivity place. I know people who work from home but I’m not one of them! I can’t focus for all the laundry and tidying that I am easily distracted by. I know that I need the structure of my work place in order to be the most successful. I need to try the deep breathing strategies to further get in my zone!

    1. Yes! I am very similar. When there are chores around the house, it’s difficult for me to focus on my work if I’m at home. Let me know what you think of the deep breathing 🙂

  10. Great tips! I haven’t tried bulletproof coffee, but I’ve heard some mixed reviews on it. Another reason (other then slowing the release of caffeine in the body) people drink it is because it adds a significant source of fuel to an on the go drink. Many people just supplement that with a fruit and that’s breakfast! Also, it apparently really contributes to a nice frothy drink.

    1. Oh that’s so interesting! I didn’t know about all those other reasons. I can certainly see the appeal of the extra froth. I always love that 🙂

  11. Great tips! I’m usually so bad at making strategies for myself. I would like to be more productive, but I know myself all too well and actual planning and stuff doesn’t work for me. But some tips like getting enough sleep and work in the right location definitely help me!

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