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How to enter 'flow' state and supercharge your productivity

Getting into 'flow state' can be a wonderful feeling and amazing productive. This is the mental state in which a person is fully immersed in an activity with the feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

It has numerous benefits and can allow us to achieve huge amounts in short periods of time. A sign you have entered flow (aside from having got a lot done!) is often that after doing a task or activity you realise you have no idea how much time has passed.

Getting into flow can take practice, but it is worth the effort. To get into flow, either during yoga, work or another activity try the following:

  1. Find what time of day is your ‘peak’ time, whether you’re an early bird, a lunchtime worker or you prefer the evening; identify when you are most productive in the day and are able to achieve the highest level of concentration. Aim to do the flow state activity during this time.

  2. Next, clear away distractions; hopefully the place your are working or working out is quiet, try to remove any physical discomfort.

  3. Work to clear your mind (mindfulness or meditation can help achieve this). Now focus on the task in hand, focus on each step of the movement or activity fully. If your mind wanders, don't worry, acknowledge this and bring it back onto the activity in hand.

  4. Try to enjoy the process, it's much easier to enter flow if you are enjoying what you are doing. It can help to think about the benefits being achieved by the activity.

  5. Lastly, practice! Much like meditation, flow needs to be practiced and developed like a muscle.

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