Getting In The Flow

The Flow – That Magical, Hyper-Productive State of Mind

Let’s talk about flow, that magical, hyper productive state of mind we all enter from time to time, where work just seems to flow effortlessly and we get more done in a short period of time than we ever thought possible.

Flow State, is a state of mind. It’s when we allow ourselves to be completely focused on one goal and we’re highly motivated to get things done. Of course it helps when we enjoy the work, but that isn’t always necessary. In fact, it can be the opposite. Something we’re finding boring or annoying suddenly becomes fun and easy to do when we manage to get into the flow.

Sometimes flow is a happy accident. We wake up and are ready to tackle whatever the world throws at us. Other times, flow is born out of necessity, usually in the form of a hard, non-negotiable deadline. When we know it has to get done by 5pm tonight, the work suddenly starts to flow.

But wouldn’t it be great if we could get into the flow on demand? Since it’s a state of mind, we can. But it takes a little effort and practice. Start by analyzing what flow feels like to you. Can you pinpoint what brings it on? Continue reading

Motivation Is the Magic Dust that Gets You Into the Flow State

Let’s talk about getting into the flow. You know what I’m talking about. That special mental state where you’re laser-focused and super productive. You get more done than you thought possible and time flies. It’s a great feeling. But it isn’t easy to get into a Flow State on demand.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of magical dust that you could sprinkle on your head and poof, you’re in the flow. Well, i checked Ebay and Amazon and as of yet, I have not been able to find a reliable source of this type of magic dust. If you find it, shoot me an email.

I did however in my studies of how flow state works come across something that works just as well. Think of it as mental magic dust. And that’s motivation. Yep, you read that right – motivation = magic dust. Here’s what I mean.

When you’re highly motivated to get something done, it suddenly becomes much easier to get into the flow. But there’s a trick to it. You have to be fully motivatied and you have to be motivated by the right things. Just making sure you get your job done so your boss doesn’t yell at you isn’t going to cut it. Continue reading

Work Hard, Play Hard – How Flow Can Help You Do Both

You’ve heard the saying “work hard, play hard”. The idea is that you work hard and then have enough time for the fun stuff. What the saying should be is “work smart, play hard”. Working hard doesn’t necessarily make you productive and get more done in less time. Working smart does.

And one of the best ways to work smart is to get into the flow. You know what I’m talking about. When you start to work on a project and all the pieces just seem to fall into place. You’re making more progress than you thought possible and the work goes almost effortlessly.

Getting into the flow helps you in quite a few different ways when it comes to getting your work done. Not only will you get done faster, you’ll also work smarter. You will only be able to get into the flow once you’ve looked your project over and made smart decisions about it.

Flow only happens when all the hard decisions are made and you’re convinced without a shadow of a doubt that this is the course of action. There’s no room for second guessing and hesitation when you’re in the flow. Continue reading