But, how do you recognize that you’re in this special state of mind? Here are a few signs to look out for.
Work Becomes Effortless
The first thing you start to notice when you get into the flow state is that work becomes a lot more effortless. It’s easy to concentrate and work flies off your desk or your work bench.
It doesn’t matter if you’re doing intellectual work, something usually boring (like filing for example), or physical work. When you’re in the flow, the work just becomes effortless.
The next thing you’ll notice is that time starts to fly. In fact, you may not notice it initially, because the last thing on your mind is checking the clock. You’re in your groove and you’re getting things done. Something as silly as checking what time it is or trying to figure out how much longer you have to sit at your desk before you can go to lunch are the furthest thing from your mind.
You’re getting stuff done and will likely only realize how long you’ve worked when you come up for air. Don’t be surprised to find that it’s much later than you though… but also that you’ve gotten more work done in that amount of time than you thought possible.
You’re Laser Focused
Last but not least you’ll notice that you’re laser focused. Things that usually distract you, no longer phase you. You don’t jump from project to project checking email and Facebook in-between. Instead you have one task and one task only… to make progress on the one project you’re working on.
And that laser focus effort shows quickly. It’s the big reason why you’re getting more done in a shorter amount of time.
Let’s wrap this up with a quick note about why it is important to recognize the flow state. When you know what it is and what it feels like, you can use flow to your best advantage. Tackle your most urgent or most difficult projects when you’re in this state of mind.
Pay attention to what this feels like and how you got here. This information will help you recreate flow whenever you need – with a little practice.