When was the last time you lost yourself in your work? Have you ever been so focused on your work that you lost track of time? Hmmm… Has it been a while? Well, let’s see why this may be.
In our working life we have many interruptions.
- Emails ping every few seconds and we just can’t help but read them when they pop into our inbox.
- People stop us in the corridor for that “quick chat” that ends up being 15 minutes.
- The guy on his phone sitting next to you in your open plan office won’t shut up and it sounds like he has a megaphone permanently attached to his lips. And worse, this is all happening before midday.
Yeah! It’s no wonder you can’t remember the last time you lost yourself in your work.
Those of you that are completely immersed in the task at hand, congratulations on creating your little bubble that does not allow any of this stuff to interrupt you or break your “Flow”. Being consumed totally by what you are doing is a state of mind called “Flow”. When we are achieving this so-called “Flow “in the workplace, it is proven that we can be more productive, more focused and more engaged in the task at hand!
Flow can also be referred to as “balance“ in the workplace. “Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.” (Source: Wikipedia)
I’m a keen yogi, practicing yoga most days of the week. My preferred style of yoga is Vinyasa, also referred to as “flow yoga”. Vinyasa is where movement is synchronized to the breath. You move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit to mean “connection”.
What I get out of this 75 minute daily experience is time to be truly present and immersed in that moment and lose track entirely of time. What would happen if you multitask less? What would happen if you completed 5 tasks exceptionally well as opposed to completing 15 tasks with less effort and less focus.
Here Are 4 Tips For Creating More Flow:
- Be comfortable, not only in your working environment but also with what you wear
- Plan. Look at your day’s or even your week’s work and see the areas of focus that you need to spend your time and energy on, then physically map it.
- Problem solving. Identify the problem and decide the course of action.
- Evaluate. Allow time to process. Allocate time to reflect on what you have learned and allocate time to celebrate your wins.
You don’t need to get on a yoga mat and step into a downward dog to get connected and synchronized in your work place, just take a step back and see if you can create “Flow” right at your desk.