I’m generally not one to buy into rules of thumb (at least I like to think so), but I’ll make an exception here.
I’ve found that one big secret to making immersion work is to make sure that it happens:
- Last thing at night, and
- First thing in the morning
What you do at these two times of day is valuable for several reasons, some stronger than others. (For one thing, listening while you sleep has been empirically shown to help learning. But I won’t waste your time trying to convince you with shaky, as-yet-inconclusive science). I’ll just say that in terms of just outward behavior patterns, those two “anchor points” do tend to set pattern for the rest of the day. Broadly speaking, the rest of one’s day often seems to run off of the inertia from these two times of day.
Focus your energy on managing your immediate environment, the 3-foot wide country that is you — especially at these two critical times — and you may well find that other things just naturally fall into place.