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My biggest problem is typically dealing with distractions. I get easily distracted by either responding to an instant message or just stumbling along something interesting while searching for solutions to programming problems, or when doing research when writing articles/blog posts.

What helps the most for me is just closing out all other applications, chats, and browser tabs and not reopening anything else until I'm finished with work.

It's easy for many to get in the zone, but staying there can be hard.

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