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Are you in the flow state? Do you know how to get there?
When you need to get things done do you find yourself struggling to accomplish what you set out to do? Perhaps you find yourself doubting your ability or being constantly distracted from the task at hand. You can learn how to improve your chances of success and increased productivity by creating the right conditions.
The work of positive psychologist, Mihly Cskszentmihlyi, outlines how to create conditions that will allow you to harness the power of the flow state. This in turn will enable you to work smarter and faster, allowing you to achieve your goals and complete tasks.
The following are three essential conditions that are required to enable you to get into the flow state.
1. Structure and Direction.
Whatever activity you need to undertake must have clear goals. It also needs to provide progress in your acquisition of skills and knowledge as well as help you move forward in achieving your goal. By making sure this is in place then you will know what to do and why.
2. Immediate Feedback.
Whatever you are doing it must provide you with both clear and immediate feedback. The flow state can only be maintained by your ability to monitor and respond to the changing requirements as you progress. By adapting your performance you remain in the flow state.
It’s essential that there is a balance between your skills and the challenge(s) of the task. Flow is only maintained when you are not doubting yourself and your abilities, bored or anxious. The correct level of challenge will ensure that you are motivated to complete it and feel positive while doing so.
It also requires you to remain in a state of non-self-awareness where you are not thinking about yourself and your abilities or actions.
You get caught up in the activity and lose track of both yourself and time. Your self-confidence in your ability to complete the task is crucial to its completion and your success.
By harnessing the power of these three conditions you will be able to increase your productivity with ease. You’ll find that time passes without you noticing and you will feel a sense of achievement and growing self-confidence.
In addition you’ll benefit from the fact that your knowledge and skills have increased and you are completing tasks and achieving goals. Harnessing the power of the flow state is a powerful tool that can help you achieve success in your personal and professional life.
When you enter the flow state — you feel it. It is motivating, inspiring space to be in. You just want to stay there.