How to Get in Your “Zone”

I must be honest with you, I have the attention span of a spider monkey on amphetamines. Ok, maybe that a little bit of an exaggeration but I really have trouble focusing. I feel like it hinders me tremendously to the point of tears but I’ve learned a few ways to manage it rather than letting it run my life.

People in general these days seem to have a ton trouble focusing. I will tell you why. It’s because we live in a fast paced, overly stimulated society driven my technology. Everywhere I see people glued to their smartphones, ipads, laptops, you name it. Even mid-conversation with someone, I can see them anxiously waiting to check their phone. I won’t take that personally, I just see it as a symptom of the world we live in. People are constantly bombarded with advertising and the media. From the radio to the t.v. to the internet, it’s constant stimulation. Now with social media via internet, it’s easy to fall into never-never land and lose two or more hours without even realizing it. There is no break from the endless technological buzzing unless you consciously choose to disconnect from it. I use the term “digital detox“, a term I feel like I’ve invented because I use it a lot and have successfully encouraged others to apply it. Needless to say, it helped them a ton.


In order to be productive and/or creative, you have to get into a certain mental and emotional space. As an artist, if the stars aren’t perfectly aligned and the house isn’t clean, there probably isn’t a chance that I’ll paint. Even for left-brainers, their work still requires flawless focus. Without further ado, I want to share with you some tips that might help you slay this monster.

1) Create the right space

Create a good environment for you to work in. Keep things neat, organized and employ feng shui to get the energies as harmonious as possible. Colors are important too. Everyone needs a signature space that they can go to, whether it’s a favorite armchair or a walk-in closet, where you can hide from your spouse and kids. I’m kidding but just do what you have to do. Make the best of what you have to work with until you can create something better.

2) Remember to Breathe

If everything starts swirling and you start to feel squirrely, just stop everything, close your eyes and inhale deeply for a 5 count. 1-2-3-4-5 then exhale 5-4-3-2-1.  Repeat as necessary. This is a simple but amazing technique which I learned from studying HeartMath. Doing this puts you in a state of coherence which means that you’re calm and centered.

3) Use Aromatherapy

Find your favorite scent and use a room spray or dab a few drops on oil on your wrists and temples. Some scents that encourage productivity: lemon, cinnamon, peppermint and rosemary. You might want to use lavender or jasmine more for calming and anti-depressant purposes. Everyone has their own preference. I prefer bergamot and rosemary to help me focus.

4) Consider Dietary Changes

Look at the root cause of your inability to focus. Is your diet causing you to be sluggish? Are you overloading on caffeine and then crashing when it wears off? What we eat can directly affect our energy levels and ability to focus. Certain foods help improve cognitive function. Try eating some “brain foods” like walnuts, spinach, avocados and dark chocolate. Don’t forget to drink water to as dehydration can impair maximum brain function.

5) Try herbal remedies

Depending on the nature of your inability to focus, (whether you are hyperactive or the exact opposite), there are herbal remedies that you can take to help either nourish you so you can either gain more energy or calm down. I created a tincture called “Calm & Centered” which has a combination of oatstraw, lemon balm, and skullcap. It helps me when I start to feel anxiety, which usually leads to my concentration breaking. Herbal remedies are gentle and a lot of them need to be taken longer term to work but some of them work on the immediate. If you are pregnant, please take extra precaution before trying an herbal remedy.

6) Designate time for silence sans technology

Switch everything off for an allotted amount of time. It can be a full weekend day or just a few hours here and there. Make sure you’re off the computer at least an hour before bed to help encourage better sleep. Remember those things outside called trees and air? Get out in nature, take a break and walk. See if you come back refreshed and ready to go. Walking can be rejuvenating. While you walk, why not say a mantra in your head like “I am clear, I am focused” until that becomes a reality.

7) If part of your work or creative “zone” requires being on the computer, block certain websites

Yep, there are apps for this. If you have zero discipline and can’t stay off of Facebook, Twitter, gossip or sports sites, there is no shame in putting the clamp down and locking yourself from these sites until you’ve accomplished your goal for the day, whether it’s successfully trading stocks, writing a chapter of a book or researching information for your thesis.

8) Exercise.

Sometimes you simply need to get the blood flowing and come back your projects later on. The physical is directly related to the mental. Keep your body strong, so your vitality can propel you into productivity.

If you try all or some of these things, let me know how it works out for you. There is a deep sense of gratification with putting in a good day’s work without falling prey to both internal and external factors which lead us astray from staying in our zone. Remember, be gentle with yourself, one step at a time.

Light & Mucho Love,

Rose Rising


3 Responses to How to Get in Your “Zone”

  1. Lisa says:

    Amen! I loved the really practical tips you shared about focus. I know technology has a massive impact on me. The knee jerk reaction to check email or facebook whenever I have some downtime almost feels like an addiction and I’m trying to break it!

    As silly as it might sound your breathing suggestion might be a really good first level antidote! Gotta breath fully BEFORE deciding to engage in any of that. I have a feeling just that will improve my focus!

  2. Ausra says:

    Your blog-my new discovery today. Sometimes I just need a little bit of a push. Thank you :-)

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