If you have ever felt Flow while working, you know what we are talking about. It is the deep state of relaxation and concentration when you are completely immersed on the task in front of you. If you have ever been able to completely shut off the outside world while working on a project of interest, you have felt flow. Hours feel like minutes, and before you know it you have been working for 12+ hours straight.
By being able to access flow, you’ll be more productive than ever before. But how exactly can you reach this coveted state?
Thanks to recent advancements in medical technology, we are understanding more about flow than ever before. Modern tools like heart rate monitors and fMRI machines are enabling scientists and researchers to learn precisely what is occurring in the brain at the time of flow. While there is still much to be learned, this Infographic from Nootropedia breaks down 3 steps you can take TODAY to become a master of your mind…
1. Practice mindfulness, and download an app like Headspace to aid you in doing so. Daily meditation of 10-20 minutes a day has been shown to increase grey matter in the brain.
2. Listen to author and researcher Cal Newport and do what you can do eliminate distractions so you can enter into a state of what he calls “deep work”. Switch your phone to airplane mode, work in early morning hours, and block yourself from accessing tempting websites like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter.
3. Use nootropics like coffee or Qualia to increase and enhance flow states.