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yellow-dog4614640dTake a break sometimes, you cant concentrate for 8 hours straight
PaperTrail685840d1. Noise canceling headphones
2. Non-vocal music/white noise generator (lots and lots of those on youtube)
Currently my favorites are movie soundtracks (most are Hans Zimmer's)
VaderNT149240dGetting in the zone takes around 20-30 minutes and is pretty much a hard limit in my experience. The best you can do is to be well-rested, feel good generally and remove all distractions. Even then you can't force it.
Your time in the zone is also severely limited. Some people talk about two hours: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/...
And if you managed to get that much, you're probably mentally exhausted for the day and might as well go home.
Yeah, our brains suck at concentrating.
idaydream5440dIn addition to the other comments, start slow. Find something that you can break down to the smallest level and start there. Preferably something that excites you, or something that is a small bug that you can fix quickly. This is your ramp up period. It'll help put you in the mindset. Alternatively, find a blog or article on programming that will light a fire to get you in the groove. The focus will come when you are actively engaged in what you are doing.
ultimaterage20639dI would recommend taking a break. Getting up and walking away from your desk, walk outside and breath some fresh air.
I find that it's good the soul,
and good to escape the office R soul.