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#7 Flow: A Tool to Help You Get More Done (while enjoying it!)

focus productivity Feb 18, 2020
 

 

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What would it be like if you could get more done while enjoying it??

In today’s episode you will learn

  1. What a flow state is and why it matters to you
  2. How you can use a flow state to help you get big creative projects done
  3. Steps to apply it in your life TODAY

 

What is flow

Flow is a concept created by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist.  In his book, Flow: The Pscyhology of Optimal Experience, he states that flow is “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it” (1990). For him, flow is about optimizing happiness and improving performance - which are awesome and useful, and fabulous potential side effects.  I’m going to focus on the idea that flow can potentially help you knock out some of your bigger tasks, especially the ones that require creativity.  



Have you ever been in a flow state?

How would you know if you were in a flow state?  My favorite way to know is that I become so immersed in the activity that I lose track of time.   I look at the time and somehow an hour has passed and it felt like a minute. It also feels effortless. 

Can you think of an experience like this that you’ve had before?  Maybe it had nothing to do with work. Here are some examples. Athletes often experience a flow state.  Runners, for example, can get lost in the experience.

When I was still running, I would always be training for a half-marathon or some other race. I would have a very specific time and distance goal that I was trying to reach that day. It would be challenging, but I knew I could do it.  I would lose track of time, even though I was using time to track my pace. I would become so immersed that I wouldn’t notice the people around me or really where I was going. It would be like when you drive home from work and somehow you are just magically at home.

Other examples of finding flow states can be musicians and artists and writers who get lost in their crafts.  

Can you think of an experience like this for you? Something you do now or have done in the past in which you become so immersed that you lose track of time?

 

How to create a flow state

There are several steps to create a flow state.  I’ve picked three for you to focus on.

  1. Goal: Set a clear goal that challenges you but isn’t overwhelming.
  2. Enjoy: Find something you enjoy about the experience and build from there.
  3. Focus:  Decrease distractions so that you can focus on the task and pay attention so that you can have the opportunity to become immersed.

 

Action step:  Try it!! Pick a project and try to find a flow state. 

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How you can use a flow state in your business

Here are a few ways to consider using flow in your business.

  1. Consider any task or project that is huge that you would like to start chipping away at.  How could you use a flow state to start on that project and gain momentum.
  2. Consider creative projects that you would benefit from a flow state.  For example, I have used a flow state to work on my social media strategy, creating podcasts, creating my content calendar, and much more.
  3. Consider tasks or projects that you used to love doing but now dread.  Maybe you used to love writing your weekly emails, and now you hate it.  How can you use a flow state to shift this experience (and as an awesome by product, get stuff done).

Action Step:  Try it!!  Give it a try.  I know I already said this, but you won't know it works until you try it. 

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE Steps to Use Flow to Get Stuff Done!

 

Resources:

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990)

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