Have you ever experienced a flow state before? When you are so absorbed in what you are doing that you forget about time and move with such ease and focus, everything else falls away. It is just you and what you are doing at that moment.
If you have ever been so completely absorbed in something then you have probably experienced a flow state before. This state can bring people more energy, enjoyment, and ease. Let’s dive into what a flow state is in more detail and ways you can bring more flow into your life.
What is a flow state?
The term flow was first coined by a Hungarian positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. He described it as a state of complete immersion in an activity. He said it’s where ‘the ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one… Your whole being is involved and you’re using your skills to the fullest’.
Flow experience can come about in different ways and vary depending on the person. It happens when you pair doing something you enjoy with something you are also quite good at in addition to a few other factors.
Below we’ll take a look at 5 ways you can bring more flow into your life and how you can create this state of being for yourself.
1. Choose something you enjoy
Choosing an activity or task you enjoy is one of the first steps to entering into a flow state. A flow can come about in many different ways. It can be from doing something creative like painting, writing, or drawing. You can also enter a flow state when doing something active like yoga, biking, running, or any other activity that you find enjoyable and not too difficult but that you can learn from.
2. Eliminate distractions
Another key aspect to entering a flow state is eliminating distractions. Phone notifications, social media, or even certain people can be distracting and take you out of your flow state. Eliminating these kinds of distractions is crucial if you want to get and stay in the zone. Tidying up the space around you before you begin your activity may also help with getting in this new mental space.
3. Commit to a goal
A clear goal is another important part of being in and maintaining a flow state. What you are doing should feel meaningful to you and bring you a sense of purpose. When deciding on what you want to do keep this in mind.
4. Embrace the challenge
Of course, it is not always easy to commit to achieving something. Challenges and obstacles may come up and need to be worked through and overcome. Embrace the challenge and know that you have the skills and knowledge needed within you to overcome this challenge.
It may not come naturally to have complete focus dedicated to the task at hand right away. You may notice that your attention wains or switches off after a while. That is okay too. Gently bring yourself back to the task at hand and keep working towards your goal and doing what you enjoy. You will get better over time.