When you’re in flow state, you’ll experience several significant things. Total Immersion in the Task at Hand When you’re in the flow state, nothing else seems to matter. In other words, you’re so immersed in the task at hand that everything else fades to the background. This is a pleasant experience, so much so that it’s worth pursuing. In other words, because of all that you experience when you’re in flow state, you want to come back to it again and again. Being in flow state is highly enjoyable and can turn even the most difficult jobs into pleasant experiences. Increase in Productivity When you’re in flow state, your productivity goes through the roof. Why? Because you’re only focused on a single task. You’re not trying to multitask. You’re not simultaneously surfing Facebook, responding to emails, and texting your friends. You’re not trying to work on five different things at once, making very little progress on any of them. You’re completely zoned in on an important task that stretches your abilities and requires the use of all your skills and strengths. All of your energy is dedicated toward achieving a single goal. You’re focused on the one thing that is going to make the most difference in your life. And because your energy is focused so strongly on one thing, you make significant progress on it. You achieve more in one hour of flow state than you do in many hours outside of flow state. Your productivity skyrockets. Flow state allows you to do what Alexander Graham Bell described when he said: "Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus. When you concentrate all your thoughts on the work at hand, you can achieve extraordinary things. " No Distractions The thought of not experiencing any distractions may seem impossible to you, but when you truly enter flow state, your brain shuts out everything except what you’re working on. It’s why the orchestra conductor said that he felt as if his hand was moving independently. His brain was so focused on the orchestra that nothing else could invade his consciousness. Now, to be clear, there are some steps you’ll need to take to minimize distractions in the beginning when you’re first seeking to enter into flow state. We’ll get into that in a bit. But imagine being able to work distraction free. Imagine being able to shut out: Notifications Buzzes Dings Alerts And every other distracting noise Imagine being so in the moment that nothing else seems to matter. Imagine being completely oblivious to the distractions that are flying around you and completely focused on achieving something that actually matters to you. That’s the power of being in flow state. Lose Track of Time Because you’re so immersed in the task before you, it’s not uncommon for people in flow state to completely lose track of time. Suddenly you look up and realize you’ve spent hours on a particular task. This is also why you tend to be more productive when you’re in flow state. You are able to dedicate more focused time to a task than normal, which allows you to get significantly more done. Increased Enjoyment of the Task When you’re in flow state, you’re not thinking about what you’re missing out on. You’re not thinking about the problems in your life. You’re not worried about that report that you need to file. You’re not preoccupied with that meeting that you still haven’t prepared for. They’re not even a blip on your radar. The only thing in your mind at the time is what you’re working on. All your attention is in a single spot, not scattered about by a thousand different thoughts and worries. The result is a hyper-productive bliss. You are so in the zone that all your worries, fears, and struggles take a temporary back seat. Your brain simply doesn’t have time to think about them. You don’t have the mental capacity to focus fully on your work and also entertain these worries. You’re Stretching Yourself Entering flow state requires that you stretch yourself. That you tackle worthy, challenging goals. That you use your God-given gifts and strengths. It’s difficult to get into flow state when you’re working on mundane, tedious tasks. Your brain wanders and you get easily distracted. To enter flow state, you must: Work on a task that requires you to stretch yourself. Tap into your gifts and abilities. Fully apply your mind to what’s in front of you. This is why we tend to lose track of time when we’re in flow state. Our brains aren’t thinking about time. Rather, they’re fully focused on getting the job done. You’re using all your gifts, strengths, and abilities to achieve what’s in front of you. The last thing you’re thinking about is what time it is. As Csikszentmihalyi said: "Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times…. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile." So, when you’re in flow state, you’re stretched to your voluntary limit to achieve something truly worthwhile. You Live a More Meaningful Life What many people misunderstand is that flow state is not only about being more productive, although that’s certainly one benefit. The primary benefit of flow state is that it allows you to live a more meaningful life. How? Flow state can ensure that you’re dedicating a significant portion of time to tasks that are meaningful and not mundane and allow you to experience joy while you perform those tasks. As mentioned, flow state doesn’t happen when you’re working on mundane tasks. Rather, it occurs when you’re giving yourself to a task that actually matters. To one that brings you joy. To something that will move the needle forward for you personally or professionally. The more you work in flow state, the more joy you experience and the more you accomplish, which then leads to a much more meaningful life.
My life's Motto "If it doesn't flow.... Let it Go.."
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Desire to reach my goals, give my children a dream life, and help people do the same, has been my driving force.
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