Jul 01

How to enter the Flow State to be More Productive in Your Work

In this day and age, being more productive and focusing your attention on your work can be difficult when you’re constantly bombarded with stimuli from your computer and mobile devices.

However, there are those rare times when you give your complete attention to something, whether it’s a job or a hobby, and before you know it, you’ve already made a great amount of progress, if not finished it.

This is what’s known as the “flow” state.

What’s the Flow State?

The simplest way to describe it is that you’re in a state of complete focus, or super-focus, towards your work. When you’re in a state of flow, everything else falls away. Your thoughts and actions follow one after another, and you’re using all your skills to the fullest.

You’ll know that you’re experiencing flow when you experience the following factors towards what you’re doing:

  • You’re able to judge your own progress right away and give instant feedback on your own performance
  • You lose track of time
  • You know your skills match exactly that which your task needs
  • You feel you have complete control over the outcome

Not all of these have to be there when you do achieve flow. What does matter is your concentration. Once you’re immersed in the task, you can really feel that nothing stands between you and your task, and you’re fully committed to seeing it through to the end.

Other than full immersion, flow has other benefits, such as a better learning experience and a more improved sense of self-confidence.

How to Achieve Flow

Achieving a state of flow is difficult at first, especially when you find that you’re not too happy with the task that you’re doing. But there are a few ways that will help you get into it and get things done:

  • Eliminate all distractions. Unless your work really calls for it, turn off your screens. Stop looking at your phone to check your emails or your inbox. Set aside anything (and everything) that could make you look up or look away.
  • Don’t be afraid of failure. In fact, it might even be better if you do away with every expectation you have. It’s much better for you to not think too much of what the end result should be, and just focus on the task for the sake of the task itself.
  • Match your skills to the task. It helps that you prepare for it in advance if you’re just starting out. Start small, but be sure to stretch your skills each time you practice. Putting yourself in unfamiliar terrain means your brain is constantly adapting, and you’re taking everything in.

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