The ability to focus totally on one thing comes naturally to young children, but it’s one of the biggest challenges that most of us face. We struggle to concentrate and, because of this, fail to get on with the work we’re doing and accomplish the things we want to accomplish.
Some people, though, seem able to focus intensely on what they’re doing, and perform exceptionally well as a result. Modern psychologists refer to this state of absolute absorption or concentration in what we are doing, as being “in flow.”
This state of being able to achieve total focus applies to almost every field of activity. It involves being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.
So how do we enter this “ecstatic” state? Start by creating the right environment!
Flow is easiest to achieve when:
So if you’re to have a good chance of getting into flow, you need to sort out all of these distractions first. Here are some practical things you can do:
With everything in place, you can start to practice your concentration skills. Try to focus on one task at a time to the exclusion of others.
Before you know it, you will be in flow. You’ll be so involved in any activity you undertake that nothing else seems to matter. Not only will your productivity increase, you’ll find that your work is more rewarding. Flow is productive, flow is fun, and flow is essential for real success!
In summary: When you achieve a state of flow, you’re able to achieve more because all your thoughts and energy are focused on the task in hand. To get into a state of flow, you need to eliminate interruptions and distractions from your environment.
More than this, you need to empty your mind of worries, anxieties, negative thinking, and all those little “mental notes” that flit in and out of our consciousness. This sounds hard, but in reality is quite easy if you take the time to form the right habits.
Apply this to your life:
While we are postponing, life speeds by.