Between chatty co-workers and cat GIFs, it's sometimes hard to stay on task at work (especially if that leftover cake from your cubicle mate's birthday party is calling your name). It's important to take regular breaks, but being able to filter out distractions is equally vital—especially if you're on deadline for a major project or want to score a promotion.

Athletes, writers, and psychologists alike talk about being in "the zone"—that heady state of mind in which time flies, productivity skyrockets, and the brain courses with inspiration. Achieve this elusive state by trying some of the tips and tricks below, which were compiled by NetCredit, the online personal loan company, and spotted by Entrepreneur.

NetCredit's suggestions include pinpointing your most productive mental hours, setting goals, and visualizing your desired results. And since our environments and diets can also affect creative flow, try listening to instrumental or electronic music (it bolsters efficiency), consider getting a desk plant (looking at nature, or the color green, may help improve work performance), and selecting snacks filled with omega-3 fatty acids (they enhance brain function, plus they're way healthier than leftover cake).

Check out NetCredit's full list of tips below:

An infographic from NetCredit listing nine tips to get in the zone at work.
NetCredit

[h/t Entrepreneur]