Flow state, is often described as being ‘in the zone’.
It is when a person is 100% focused on a task at hand, with no thoughts or distractions outside of this.
People perform best in this state. This state is easiest to enter into, when a task is at a level of difficulty that challenges an individual’s skill set.
How to Enter a Flow State
Flow state before training
- Before you begin, take 3 deep slow conscious breaths.
- Focus all of your attention on the present moment. The past and future don’t exist!
- Don’t let mind-chatter guide your mind away from the task – bring it back and be mindful of your movements.
Flow State in Work
In work or study you can try and enter flow by listening to binaural beats and using a Pomodoro timer.
Music/songs with lyrics take up too much of your ‘brain power’ to process, therefore instrumental music is better for inducing flow-state.
The timer breaks up your work into 25 minute intervals. The 5 minute break in between intervals helps you to assess and consider other things, what else you need to be doing etc. before committing 100% to the work in front of you again for 25 minutes.
It is easier to enter flow state with practice, when there is a sense of danger, and when the activity is challenging and well matched to your current skill-set.
Meditation can help with general focus and can also help you to enter flow more readily. Try and practice meditation for 10 minutes everyday.
According to a talk at Google, Nitric Oxide helps create flow state. Try consuming high nitrate beet juice about 2 hours before you want to enter flow state.