Have you ever had a creative evening when time suddenly flew by? A day when you executed a difficult project at work flawlessly? A brief moment in time when your challenging exercise routine felt effortless?
All of these times you were in a state of flow. If you’re not flowing, it’s probably because you aren’t allowing yourself to be challenged, you’re completely overwhelmed, or someone else is holding you back.
Simple ways you can bring yourself into flow:
- Pick a enjoyable, challenging activity. The easiest way to enter flow is by doing something you love.
- Eliminate distractions. Turn off your phone, log out of twitter, switch off gmail.
- Think before you do. Do any research or preparation before you engage in the activity you wish to flow in.
- Isolate yourself. The best way to achieve flow is alone.
- Let go. Give up any expectations that you have for yourself.
- Give yourself a time limit. Give yourself 30 minutes of uninterrupted flow time and just go at it with everything you’ve got.
- Keep moving. Continuous motion is key to flow, don’t give your mind a chance to start second guessing what you’re doing. Go at a pace that’s challenging for you, but not overwhelming. You want to be calm and collected, but also have forward momentum.
- Don’t think. Switch off the part of your brain that observes what you’re doing. This is your self-consciousness, your ego, your sabotage.
- Practice. Like any useful skill, flow takes time to master.