Definition of Flow
"Flow" in psychology terms, is an optimal state of being and consciousness in which we feel and perform our very best. It’s that state of laser-focused concentration that can lead to productivity, innovation, and action.
In The Zone
Have you ever been working on something that you are so 'in the zone' when you look at the time, hours have gone by without you even noticing it? And even though you've been working so hard and for a long time you still feel so energized and not exhausted?
The reality is, most of us don't know how to get 'in the zone' on demand. When it happens, it's magical, but how can you make it more often?
I first learned about the term 'flow" from a psychologist named Mihaly Csikszentmihayli, who says that flow is also the key to happiness. He defines flow as the “sweet spot” when you’re faced with a high degree of challenge, but the skills you have to meet that challenge are also high. When you’re in that sweet spot, that is when you enter flow.
Routines and rituals are said to be crucial to helping us find the flow. It’s as though, by putting ourself in the right place, at the right time or doing the right things, it switches on our brains.
Here are 3 suggestions to help you find your flow:
1. Working in your flow zone.
You need to find that balance of high challenge, but the right skills to meet it. This tends to be work that you love and feel enthusiastic about.
2. Create your space.
Do your rituals, and set yourself up to prepare for flow. If you’re hot, cold, hungry, thirsty, or otherwise uncomfortable, you’re not likely to reach a flow state.
3. Eliminate distractions
Eliminate anything that might pull you out of the zone - eg: turning off your phone, Facebook, your email alert, or working from somewhere different, like a coffee shop or coworking space, so that no one will bother you.
In my book "Juggling Health & Wealth", I have a chapter on "Inner Compass" that I share more about find the flow.
In the comment, tell me what you do when you're preparing for flow?