@brandon when wanting to write something, depending on the subject, sometimes I actually need to read a lot first, too understand the topic enough, then eventually it just clicks, and the zone is inevitable
@brandon hear others thoughts on the same subjects helps me find myself
@maloki I hear you! I often am thinking or reading or talking about something unrelated but then I completely zone in on a single thought and then it just carries me through to the end
@brandon I don't have a method, I wish I did. Often I find that once I get into it I stay for as long as possible because I don't know when I'll be able to do it again.
@sullybiker do you have ADD?
@sullybiker sorry, that was a little blunt, I just feel like this is an ADD thing
@brandon Probably a little of it. Just also very busy at the mo!
@sullybiker it's hard to not feel ADD when there's so much to do and so little time :p
@brandon Oh sure, and if it's there that's when it will normally show! Same with procrastination.
@Taweret what do you do when you're in the zone?
@brandon i write
@Taweret nice, what do you like to write about?
@Taweret I'm terribly sorry! I didn't even take a moment to glance at your profile
You've got some interesting looking works there at least from scrolling through quickly right now, how long have you been writing?
@geniusmusing oh damn who would be disturbing you and what do they risk?
Also, what's an example of each of those genres of music for you?
@brandon drawing diagrams in paper gets me close to "the zone".
@mgiagante what kind of diagrams?
@brandon depends on what I'm trying to code. It could be anything from UML class diagrams to sequence ones, the service architecture layout, a data structure or just a bunch of boxes with arrows and what not.
@brandon black metal.
@measlytwerp interesting, what are you doing when you're in the zone?
@brandon In my case I suppose it's similar to what's been said already, refreshing myself with some reading to help me get tuned into the subject. From there it's easier to get into a groove and rock right along. But sometimes I have to clear my mind a bit first. Easier said than done of course.
@lee8oi how do you clear your mind then would be the logical next question
@brandon EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). Sometimes I use videos with bilateral audio & visual effects. Even a good relaxation video. If I don't have that much I can usually do a body movement variation that involves using both hands or feet.
@lee8oi could you link to one of such videos? I'm curious as to the kind of effect it might have on me
@brandon Here is one of the videos I use. Uses bilateral audio (might need headphones for best results).
Another one I enjoy, which lasts 10 hours, more subtle bilateral effect, and has nice visual effects:
@brandon three months of continuous screaming
@brandon I really suck at getting into the zone, but recently I've been using Focusmate.com. It's essentially a Skype session with someone else who is also working. For me, its like hitting a button to put me in the zone for an hour.
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