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?
Then give yourself an attitude adjustment. Approaching a project – any project be it at work or at home – with dread will not help your cause. Instead, focus on why it is important to get this done.
Then set yourself a hard deadline and get to work. With a little luck and practice you’ll be able to get into the flow state and wrap up your project long before quitting time. Give it a try and see if you don’t start to get more done in less time when you can get into the flow.
Before we wrap this up, let’s talk a little more about what this flow state is. Yes, it’s a state of mind, but it’s also a state where you feel extremely productive and confident. Your endorphins and Adrenalin are flowing helping you get more done. Since you’re happy (the endorphins at work), and confident, you no longer waste time second guessing yourself. And, the Adrenalin helps you stay alert and energized while you’re in the flow. Add to that the laser focus we experience when we get into the flow state and it’s no wonder it’s such a powerful and productive state of mind.
Take advantage of the flow state whenever you experience it and get ahead on whatever tasks are in front of you.