What is Flow State? 3 Reasons You Need It as an Entrepreneur
Introduction to the Concept of Being in the Flow: How to Know When it Happens
AKA “being in the zone” (which is the terminology I always heard), being in the flow state of mind is vital for me. It always has been. And I suspect many others out there appreciate it as well. And also know when it’s happening.
But do you all embrace it? As a blogger, I have no choice in my opinion. You cannot force creativity.
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Beyond that: to me flow state defines the 4-Hour Workweek lifestyle I’m going after! In my opinion, professional freedom is about having the flexibility to work when you are in the zone and step back when you need a break or are not “in it” mentally.
BBC outlines the flow state really well in this article detailing the psychology behind the words and offers a great start introducing you to the mindfulness involved with flow. (I know- I’m sounding “woo” again in this post but bear with me, I mean you all can identify with “being in the zone” right?)
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Reason 1: Confidence and Productivity Result from Embracing Flow
Hitting publish (or “schedule to publish”) is one of the BEST feelings for me in my blogging life.
Because I’ll be honest, when I am not in the zone, I just don’t write. Being in the zone and working in a flow state gives me confidence. I’m rooting myself on and pushing myself forward the whole way.
When I’m done things may not be perfect but being so incredibly productive means that I’m close.
Again to be honest, I don’t make too many changes when I’ve written (or worked on anything) in “the zone.” And that itself gives me confidence. It gives me pride of knowing I accomplished what I meant to and most often, even more than I intended.
The productivity side of that: it’s rare I get one task accomplished in the flow; usually one success leads me down another path and into other things I may have sitting on my to-do list.
Reason 2: Completing Tasks and Getting So Much Accomplished Equals Relaxation
Who doesn’t get a that spike of excitement when you “check it off the list” – whatever IT is? We all do, I know it. In fact, I’ve met people (me included!) that would write something down AFTER they did it just to check it off.
That feeling of Zen after you complete your list is unbeatable. You can genuinely be present in anything else you are doing and with whoever you are in the company of once you’ve been truly productive.
I wrote about this in my post about other people’s bad decisions no longer stealing my time: health is a priority along with family. Knowing you can relax because you’ve gotten so much done is priceless.
This means knowing you can truly step away. And that y’all is the decisive path to truly being able to relax and a crucial part in overall reduction of stress.
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Reason 3: Working in the Flow is the Ultimate Professional Freedom
I’ve been batching work when I’m in the flow and then if I don’t get back to that flow state for a few days or a week- no problem!
I’m limited on what I actually have to do for the next week and can enjoy the lifestyle I’ve been striving for: the 4 Hour Workweek life. To me: this is the ultimate in professional freedom.
Productivity, Flow and Moving Forward with Professional Freedom Outside 9-5 Life
For me, quarterly goals, then monthly, are best. This gives me the “calm” I need to know that I have flexibility to work when I’m in the flow state and, therefore, produce my best work. It’s a huge change from my past life in the 9-5.
Escaping that 9-5 trap has allowed me to really be my best self, much more often than in the past. Not to say I was never in the zone over those 30 years- I had absolute rushes of it and took full advantage!
The difference, as a blogger and an entrepreneur, is that now I have the relaxed feeling of knowing I have control over my deadlines and goals.
Want some related articles on this blog and others that can help with flow and productivity?
- Taking imperfect action can get you un-stuck mentally. Once you’re unstuck, flow is so much easier. Getting caught up in analysis paralysis and indecision can prevent you from being in a state of flow and from overall productivity.
- Financial freedom and not being pressured or obsessed with “making money” is important; Erin Edwards of Level Up Personal Finance shares 6 steps to achieve it and has a Money Mindset Reset challenge to check out. We all have our beliefs, views, and specific understanding of budgeting and finance and Erin’s approach is a way to customize for you.
- Setting goals using this article by Margaret Bourne as a guide. Establishing goals and not getting overwhelmed in the hamster wheel of daily tasks is a big thing for me personally. Margaret has laid out a way for you to get started. Her article is written from the perspective of blogging, but the concepts are pure gold for any entrepreneur.
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Want to get more inspiration and resources to get to professional freedom and operating in the flow? Improving your productivity? Getting motivated and unstuck?
Check out these Facebook groups and click to join any whose vibe you connect with:
- Be Perfectly Productive led by Lisa
- Success Cultivation Club led by Freya
- Café Mindset led by Michelle, who also contributed to the roundup post on working with a coach.
- Ditching the 9-5- mine of course!