Have you ever become so immersed in a task that you don’t even realize you’re doing it? You are so engaged that what is required of you becomes an automatic process. At Indezone, we feel that this state called flow is the ultimate key to productivity.
What Is Flow?
Studies have reached a general consensus on the definition of flow, but keep in mind, everyone may experience it differently. Flow is a state of being where your entire consciousness is focused on the task at hand. You may lose track of time, experience increased productivity, creativity, and work satisfaction.
To summarize, it’s a pretty cool experience. Once you feel it, you’ll want to enter your flow state as often as you can. It’s one of the most rewarding and effective ways to get your work done, whatever it may be.
How To Achieve Flow
So, how can you find your flow? Like the experience itself, the process can also change from person to person. It’s important to find what works for you. But, there are a few basic guidelines that tend to work for just about everyone!
Here are some to get you started:
- Love what you do or at least apply some passion to it
- Embrace a little extra challenges (boring work isn’t easy to immerse yourself in)
- Set up a comfortable workspace
- Focus on one task at a time
- Make sure everything you’ll need is accessible (water, tissues, power cables, etc.)
- Eliminate distractions
- Work when you’re naturally most alert and productive
Be intentional about your work. It’s unlikely that you’ll be passionate about everything you do. That’s alright - welcome to the real world! But, that doesn’t need to impact your flow. Become passionate about the process. Find a method of working that you enjoy or add some creative components to your projects. The key is to enjoy what you're doing. After all, that’s what encourages us to immerse ourselves in work.
You should also consider increasing the difficulty of your work if you aren’t feeling challenged. Even basic admin jobs can become more challenging when a time constraint or higher standards are involved.
Once you reach a flow state, you may not even be aware of your surroundings. But, if you have a poor quality desk chair, your body will feel it later. Make your space comfortable, distraction-free, and set it up so everything you need is nearby.
First of all, don’t be impatient! If you’re wondering when you’re finally going to achieve a flow state, you’re doing it wrong. Relax, put your head down, and start working toward your goals. Think of flow as a rewarding byproduct of following the steps we’ve outlined in this article!
It may be tempting to fuel up on caffeine or energy drinks when you have a lot to tackle. While this may help you in the short-term, flow is a long-term game and skill. The half-hour to an hour boost you’ll get from pure stimulants won’t lead to the productivity levels you’ll experience in a flow state. Instead, opt for nootropics. These natural cognitive enhancers boost your brain’s performance, not just your heart rate and temporary energy. Those interested in flow incorporate nootropics in their routines. Some can even get off coffee completely!
Learn more about Indezone’s nootropics here!