One of the most exciting stages of the creative process is what I call “lost time”. If you’ve ever gotten into “the zone” or were “on a roll” you know what I’m talking about. “Lost time” for me is a period of time in which the process of creating becomes the only focus, free from mental or physical distraction, where time is forgotten. This is usually the most productive time I have on a project.
On the flip side, something to watch out for is the same “lost time” occurring when focussing on non-project activities such as social networking. Yes, these activities get labeled “distractions” later, but the truth that nobody seems to like admit is that often more time is spent getting lost in distractions than actually focussing on the project.
Good luck in your creative process and have fun.