It’s hard to focus in an office space. Add to that the constant sounds of notifications from your phone, email, text messages, and it’s a wonder we get any work done at all. Especially if you are in a job where you actually have to think. So, what can we do?
Try to minimize distractions. Schedule time in your day when you will check email. For example, in a hour, check email once. Answer to imp messages right away, and star the others for a “Email Answer Time” scheduled in your planner.
Build pockets of stillness into your life. Meditate. Go for walks. Ride your bike going nowhere in particular. There is a creative purpose to daydreaming, even to boredom. The best ideas come to us when we stop actively trying to coax the muse into manifesting and let the fragments of experience float around our unconscious mind in order to click into new combinations. Without this essential stage of unconscious processing, the entire flow of the creative process is broken.
Excerpt from Brain Pickings: http://ow.ly/JoLKO