– minimise distractions and focus on your task, whatever it might be. If your mind wanders, bring it back to the task.
– If the task is too easy, find ways to make it more challenging, for example by doing it more quickly (or more slowly) than normal.
– to transform otherwise dull low skill/low challenge activities like sitting in a waiting room, create ‘micro-flow’ experiences with specific rules and goals. Examples include solving puzzles in your head or composing haiku.
– if the task is too challenging, find ways to up your skill level. You could look for additional training, coaching or mentoring. Or you could break the task down into smaller steps which are more achievable. Or find ways to apply your top strengths to help you achieve it.
– focus intently on the other person and actively listen to what they are saying. Ask questions and allow plenty of time.