Have you ever been so engrossed in something that you not only lost track of time but seemed to move out of time? You stopped noticing distractions and became immersed in what you were doing. You accomplished more than you thought possible, and the task went easier and faster than you expected.
You were in the “zone” — or “flow.”
While flow can occur naturally when focusing on simple activities, it can also be created by choosing an activity that you find challenging, yet achievable. If a task is too easy, you may become bored — a barrier to flow. On the other hand, if you choose a task that is too challenging, a lack of self-confidence or worry may prevent you from entering flow.
To reach a state of flow, a task needs to be challenging but manageable. That’s the first step. But there’s more to it than that. You cannot enter flow if you are distracted, so you need an environment that is conducive to concentration. How do we go do this? This guide will show you how.