If you can’t think clearly, reconsider your environment. Instead of working sitting down, try working standing up. Instead of working at home, try working in a more communal environment like a coffees shop. You don’t need to be social. The idea is to stimulate the mind and body with something new.
There are some things you can’t change, such as where you sit in the office. But you can change the images and stickies in your cube, or the inspirational quotes surrounding your desk. Cleaning clutter off your desk can also liberate the mind.
Locations determine particular actions. Your home desk may be where you devote time to writing. The gym is where you workout. The bar is where you drink beer. The TV room is where you watch TV. But your attention is weak because you’re likely to have a mobile phone by you.
The mobile puts a dent in distraction free environments. There’s always a new text or tweet, a new track to listen to, or a new note to attend to. Your attention can shift to the unimportant in seconds. You may discover that minutes to hours later you’re still distracted.
Your biggest challenge today is finding professional and personal environments where you can be productive and happy. Change the environment when you get bored or try something completely new. But consider leaving your phone at home.