Javier 🐝 beBee en Inspiration, Productivity, Performance Founder & CEO • beBee 7/10/2017 · 1 min de lectura · 7,5K

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.

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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.

Randall Burns 12/2/2018 · #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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#37 Yes and I knew this buzz will resonate with you @Sara Jacobovici. @Javier 🐝 beBee wrote indeed a great buzz that inspired a buzz of my own.

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Sara Jacobovici 25/10/2017 · #37

Great share @Javier 🐝 beBee. Important insight and practical reminders. My humble suggestion would be for us to try not to compartmentalize too much the state of flow and "not" state of flow. It is important to become aware of what elements exist and be able to adjust the intensity of those elements to help us be in that state; the life flow. Thank you to @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for bringing your buzz to my attention.

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Alan Culler 11/10/2017 · #36

@Javier 🐝 beBee
Thanks for sharing.
Like you I experience flow when doing something I love and do well -I get lost in the work and hear very little from the outside -sometimes it is just something I love -even though I don't do it particularly well -like woodcarving, or songwriting -I get immersed in the learning and love the progress I make -. Sometimes it is something I don't particularly love but do very well -like writing training materials -when I get done procrastinating (because I "say" I don't doing it -I focus and it begins to go well -the reinforcing cycle.
Flow never happens when I disagree with or dislike (really dislike) the activity though and no amount of let's just get this done focus will conjure it forth.
Thanks again

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Lisa Gallagher 11/10/2017 · #35

#7 Flow state is a cool term- sort of like Buddhism minus the religious aspect.

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Lisa Gallagher 11/10/2017 · #34

I am fully in my flow state when I'm out taking photos! I plan to do a travel/photo buzz before the week ends. How boring we'd all be if we all had the same focus. Writing helps too.

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Tausif Mundrawala 9/10/2017 · #33

To disrupt this flow of energies surging inside us is like sentencing our ourselves to a death punishment. Our minds are the powerful beings which requires constant nourishment in order to achieve many great things in life. One of the example would be to read or write. I like the example which you sited of a writer who embarks on a journey to pen a novel.

Thanks for this wonderful buzz, @Javier 🐝 beBee

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