In a world of distractions there is nothing quite like a getting into a state of flow to be productive - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology). Unfortunately I reach the state less than I would like. Although I am luckily enough to have a job where I can explore interesting topics and technologies to my heart's content, I am far too often distracted before I am fully immersed in a topic.
Obviously one solution is to reduce the distractions, but are there ways of reducing the time it takes to get to 'flow'? Somebody* stated that it takes 15 minutes to get to a state of flow, is it possible to reduce this time?
*Apologies, 'Somebody' is an appalling reference, but I can't remember who...it does, however, seem a reasonable approximation.