How do you keep focused on the task at hand?

I find that if I’m not “in the zone” when it comes to getting a task done, I can be easily distracted by reading the Ars Technica or Something Awful forums, my aggregator, TV whatever.

So I’ve gotten into the habit of doing a few things when I really need to focus.

  1. Absolutely no IRC, Aggregators, IM clients can be open
  2. Claming Calming music should be on. I’ve grown partial to “Drone Zone” and “Groove Salad” from SomaFM or any of the other options in iTunes radio under “ambient”
  3. Door closed

Plus I can never really get into stuff until its after 10PM or so, I just can’t focus when everyone else is awake or something :)