Javier 🐝 CR in Inspiration, Productivity, Performance Co-Founder & CEO • beBee Oct 7, 2017 · 1 min read · 10.6K

How to Achieve the "Flow State"

How to Achieve the "Flow State"

This content is inspired by this article from Marta 🐝 García Quijada

The State of Flow

The state of flow, or being in the zone, is a state of peak performance.

The flow state has been described by the world’s greatest thinkers as the most productive and creative state of mind in which to work. In addition, positive psychologists–most notably Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D.–argue that achieving the flow state on a regular basis is a key component of happiness. That is, by learning how to enter the state of flow you can increase your productivity, be more creative, and be happier, all at the same time.

When you're inspired it all comes out alone!

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a Positive psychologist. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has contributed pioneering work to our understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfillment and the notion of "flow" -- a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work.

How can you get into the state of flow at work? 

1.- Assigning tasks according to skill set.

The more a challenge requires us to deploy our best skills, the more likely we will become absorbed in flow. When we’re not challenged, our performance suffers and we become disengaged.

2.- Finding work we love.

Doing what we’re passionate about is one sign of great work.  In good work we align what we’re best at with what engages us, and also what fits our sense of meaning and purpose. Good work puts us in a frame of mind where flow arise spontaneously.

3.- Through fully absorbed focus.

The stronger the concentration we bring to a task, the more likely we are to drop into flow while doing it. The better our ability to pay attention to what we choose and ignore distractions, the stronger our concentration. 

Get into the Flow State

Sports and physical activity (Andrew 🐝 Goldman) are not the only way to get into the Flow State. Artists experience it when swept away in an inspired creative frenzy. Writers experience it when they get caught up in the story and the words seem to pour effortlessly onto the page. 

Flow can also occur when workers are engaged in tasks where they are able to focus entirely on the project at hand. For example, a writer might experience this while working on a novel (isn't it Nacho 🐝 López Llandres?) or a graphic designer might achieve flow while working on a website illustration (isn´t it Noël De Castro Raul Duque Montánez?).

Some of us experience it while listening to music, watching a beautiful sunset (isn't it Matt 🐝 Sweetwood David B. Grinberg ?), brain-storming while resting in bed before sleeping ( this is my case LOL),  spontaneous meetings where we get together for brainstorming ( isn't it Alberto Anaya Arcas Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín?) , working in the garden, removing snow (isn't it Paul "Pablo" Croubalian?), holding a deep and meaningful conversation with a friend or other moments. These are moments in which your mind becomes entirely absorbed in the activity. You forget yourself and your actions. Time seems to slow down and you experience heightened perceptions.

Claire L Cardwell Sep 30, 2018 · #46

@Javier 🐝 beBee - I am looking for that video and well I came across this and clicked on it immediately. It is one of the best articles I have ever read. I have been in the 'flow state' for about 4 days now and am taking the next two days off.

I also find a quick nap before a meeting is very beneficial. However I quickly write down a wee list of what needs to be done, possible solutions and switch off completely for at least an hour.

When I wake up - I re-read my list. As if by magic all the solutions appear and I am ready for my meeting!

Preston 🐝 Vander Ven Sep 7, 2018 · #45

Great list. I find that just any of these three create that flow. If someone can take advantage of each of these on this list, then they have found what they truly love what they do.

Cyndi Docy Sep 7, 2018 · #44

 Thank you for any excellent article. It makes you think of times you were so connected with what you  were doing and bringing that same flow to the other things you do. 

Joel Anderson Sep 5, 2018 · #41

@Javier 🐝 beBee missed this when it came out. Thanks to @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian for re sharing this on that other site. Keep making a difference and stay in the flow.

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Randall Burns Feb 12, 2018 · #40

Great post @Javier 🐝 beBee In the kitchen we call this "Being in the Zone", and it's actually very difficult to perform under pressure at the peak of service if you're NOT. LOL

Same with sports, "Being in the Zone", it equals peak performance and enjoyment

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jim hang Nov 20, 2017 · #39

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