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Dear Lifehacker, I work in an open office environment, and I’d really like to put on my headphones and focus to some music while I work. I’m worried my coworker or boss might think I’m isolating myself, or not being a “team player” though. How can I explain I’m trying to be productive without coming off like I’m being defensive?
The zone. We understand it as a state where one is at optimal productivity and/or creativity. For some it’s elusive, for others all it takes is the right environment to get going. And while it’s beneficial, the mere act of trying to enter into the zone could be the very activity preventing you from breaching it.
Caffeine is a wonderful tool to combat our natural energy swings during the day. However, we get less and less of the cognitive benefits of drinking coffee over time, thanks to caffeine tolerance. One strategy for maximum focus is to switch up your coffee routine and combine it with the restorative powers of a nap.