What is flow? It is that sense of being in the zone, where everything seems easy. You feel empowered and in control. You have more flow when you are playing to your strengths, because your strengths tend to be what you enjoy.
Having more flow is to experience more motivation, more energy and more fun in your work. You are able to navigate challenging situations more easily because you have a foundation of inner resourcefulness to support you.
You make fewer mistakes too because your concentration improves.
This all means you are less stressed and more productive.
Like a top athlete in the zone, you are super-focused, super-motivated and you perform at your best.
So, what can you do to experience more flow? Here are my tips to help you:
- Be clear about what you are doing and why – clarity is a prime component.
- Understand your priorities and avoid the trap of allowing those unimportant tasks to derail you.
- Make sure you are working in an environment which is free from clutter.
- Rid yourself of distractions – if necessary, when working on an important project, take yourself off to somewhere quiet where you won’t be interrupted.
- Keep your inbox clean – clear out old emails and create a filing system for ones you need to keep. Only do emails at specific points in the day – that constant ‘ping’ is a distractor.
- Only say ‘yes’ to things you want to do and that you can commit to.
- Know your strengths and do work which requires them 75% of the time.
- Be aware of your weaknesses and either delegate work accordingly, or do those tasks first thing in the morning so you get them out of the way and can focus on what you really enjoy. Alternatively, if the tasks seem too large, break them down into manageable pieces.
This is the first in a series of blogs I will be writing about being more productive and working to your strengths. If you would like to have a profile so you can really understand yours better sooner, do contact me on 0345 130 0854.
© Tricia Woolfrey 2015