A Comprehensive Guide to Focus and Being in Flow State

  • are completely focused on the task at hand
  • forget about yourself, about others, about the world around you
  • lose track of time
  • feel happy and in control
  • become creative and productive
  • A heavy sense of concentration
  • Sense of clarityLack of obstacles
  • Happiness
  • Improvement in productivity
  • Boost in Creativity
  • Being fearless
  • Eliminate anxiety
  • Losing your inner critic
  • Sharper brain functions

There are 8 core element of flow according to Mihály Csíkszentmihályi

  1. Clear goals
  2. Strong concentration and focused attention
  3. Loss of self-consciousness
  4. Distorted sense of time
  5. Immediate feedback
  6. The balance between skill and challenge
  7. Personal control over the situation
  8. Absorption

How to Achieve Flow State

  • Do something you love that satisfies your mind’s craving for challenge and skill
  • Create a ritual or series of actions that you do before you start an important task i.e. meditation, walking, lighting a candle, etc.
  • Choose one important major tasks that require brainpower
  • Identify your peak creative and productive time such as Friday morning or Tuesday night. Find your BPT (Biological Peak Time)
  • Eliminate distractions such as phone or anything that sends you notifications, etc.
  • Make sure it’s a challenge, but not too hard. A good challenge is a balance between figuring it out, but having confidence.
  • Use time management techniques like promodoro
  • Be proactive and keep practicing
  • Reward yourself after flow times and appreciate the feelings
  • Listen to the right kind of music if music boosts your productivity

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