How Can Getting in the Flow Change Your Life?
Can you change your life for the better? Absolutely. There are many things you can do but the biggest one is to take action. Action changes things and without it nothing happens and everything stays the same. If you want to change your life, then you need to do something. Decide what you want to change and how you can make it happen. Set a goal and make a plan. The steps you take towards reaching your goal should include some challenge to motivate and inspire you.
Getting in the flow happens when you are undertaking a task that fully immerses you. Within it you are working without thinking of anything else; even the end goal. You are focused and productive. Your energy levels are high and you are inspired. Creativity is sparked when working in the zone and it is the state of peak productivity for many artists and writers. Of course, it's useful for sport, education and in the workplace too. You can use it to increase your creativity and skill levels.
The benefits of using the flow state are:
Increased Productivity: If you've been a procrastinator or someone who finds task completion difficult then using the flow state can make a huge difference to your productivity. Within the flow you are working at your peak ability. Absorbed by the task at hand time will fly by without you having an awareness of it.
Time Management: working at peak achievement will help you complete tasks quicker and so save time. You work faster and without actual awareness of the passing of time due to the fact that you are totally immersed in the activity. You are not aware of yourself, doubts or fears. There is no room for procrastination or lack of focus. The flow state is one of positivity and energy.
Achievement: while in the zone you are able to tap into your inner resources such as problem solving and creativity. Resources that may have been previously blocked or hidden. Without your self-awareness there are no self-defeating or negative emotions or behaviors.
Lower Stress: this benefit can help change your life in a variety of ways. Reduced stress levels lead to improved health and better sleep among other things. While you are in the zone you feel energized and happier which releases tension.
Improved Health: it has been scientifically proven that while you are in the flow immune boosting neurochemicals are released.
Positive psychology is an area of study aimed at helping people change their lives for the better. The flow state is one aspect of this area that anyone can use. There are no negative aspects or side effects and getting into the flow, especially on a regular basis, can only have a positive effect on your life.