Finding Your Flow
November 6, 2016
Lately, I’ve been reading and hearing a lot about the concept of “flow” as it relates to productivity and wellness. For example, I read about it recently in a corporate wellness newsletter I subscribe to and then I heard about it in a children’s meditation app I was listening to with my kids at bedtime the other night. So I decided to do some more research and was so fascinated that I’ve been trying to incorporate it into my every day life. I wanted to share my learnings with you all so you can try it too.
Basically, flow is a state of mind and a state of being when you’re relaxed, focused and in the zone. It’s a place where you’re most productive because you aren’t stressed, anxious or scattered. These days, we’re all living in a technology-centric, multi-tasking, over-scheduled world and it can have a negative impact on our overall health and well-being. That’s why it’s important to find your flow in order to counteract the impacts of the current environment and global landscape we live in. When you’re able to find your flow, you’ll notice that you’re more:
You’ll accomplish more and stress less. This outcome is great for you, your family and your career. What could be better? So how exactly can you find your flow? Here are some tips based on things I do:
– Exercise and practice yoga
– Meditate and breathe
– Come up with an organized plan and list of things to get done in a certain period of time
– Work in a quiet place or if it helps to have motivating or calming music to get in the zone, play it
– Take breaks every 90 minutes or so
– Be intentional with your work or project and check items off your list as you complete them
– Stay in the present moment
– Visualize a positive outcome and keep working until you get there
The more you practice these things, the more often you’ll find your flow. And the more often you find your flow, the more it’ll start to become your natural state of being. It takes time and practice and if you’re like me and are someone who’s ingrained to think you always have to work hard and long to accomplish things, it could take a little bit more time and practice. However, like me, you’ll realize over time, that it’s better to be efficient, strategic and smart with your work. It’s not about putting in more hours, but rather, how effective you can be in reaching your goals within the hours you do put in.
I hope these tips have been useful to you guys. My last tip is to find one of these beautiful stones as you see here in my blog image. It says “flow” and is something I keep with me so I can channel it as much as I can. That’s it for today, my Passion Fit friends. Here’s to all of you finding your flow!