How do you get into a flow?

In a flow, what a wonderful feeling is that! But how do you get into this state now? These are my tips.

How do you hit a flow?

Previously, I already wrote about how in a flow are instantly for more happiness causes. The benefits of this may therefore be clear. But how do you get into this state now? Your short answer: do What you love. If you find that difficult, it can help you to find your flow profile via this Flow profiling quiz. Some of these profiles are:

Flow Profile: Hard Charger

You love adventure sports such as skiing, snowboarding, surfing, skydiving, mountain biking, MMA, rock climbing, racing, Painballen, in short as much intensity as possible. You love to travel off the beaten path and you are less interested in travel schedules than in a immersion of a culture.

Flow profile: Flow Goer

Your activities can be things like meditation, yoga, retreats, Estatisch dances and other activities related to your soul.

Flow Profile: Deep Thinker

Your state is often related to activities you recharge, such as walking, gardening, playing and reflecting an instrument.

17 triggers to come into a flow

Triggers are certain conditions that make it possible to get faster in this state and they can be divided into 4 types: physical, environment, social and creative.

  1. Intense concentration: You are concentrated on a task that gives you full attention.
  2. A clear goal: when you have a clear goal that helps you brain to stay more focused on the NU and take action instead of asking you what the next step is going to be.
  3. Instant Feedback: It gives you a good idea of what you can do better.
  4. A good ratio between challenge and skill: when the tasks are too difficult you can feel overwhelmed, but they are too easy then it's boring.
  5. High form of tension: you are often more concentrated and focused when you experience tension in your environment. If you are afraid of presenting or approaching a particular person, you can come more into a flow to achieve the result.
  6. A new environment: When you are in a new, dynamic, complex or unpredictable situation or environment, this requires much more attention from you.
  7. Physical exertion: You are totally aware of the physical exertion that you are doing for a particular activity and how it contributes to the control that you have to reach a goal. For example, running can contribute very much.
  8. Good communication: Give attention and build on what others contribute to a discussion. This also implies that you actively listen to the other and focus entirely on what the other person is saying.
  9. Creativity: Everything starts with a good idea and when you say yes to that idea and get to work with it, you come into a creative process that stimulates flow.

Command to stimulate flow

What do you prefer and what are you doing when you find that there are hours passing by or that you do not know what is happening around you? Write down that activity and see if you can find out what it is that you bring in a state of flow. In this way, you would be able to apply your technique in an activity where you do not come to this state as quickly as possible, or you can use your technology to do this activity.


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