You've got a task that you need to complete. It's something that you want to do and it contains enough challenge to keep you engaged and on-task without feeling anxious or doubting your ability. What's the best way to get it done? Get yourself into the zone and you'll find that you'll complete it more quickly than you thought possible. So how do you get into the zone?
Here are six simple steps that can get you into the flow.
Step 1: Time - make sure that you give yourself enough time to complete the task. Rushing through or attempting to do more than one thing at a time will lead to failure to launch! Put away all things that do not pertain to the task you need to complete. In this go, go, go world we live in, too many people run out of time to do things Discovering the value of time reduces anxiety and makes it easier to find your work pleasurable.
Step 2: Environment - you will need a calm, comfortable and distraction free environment to work in. Make sure that you are wearing comfortable and suitable clothing, have been to the bathroom, had a snack and drink and that the temperature is not too hot or too cold. I know this sounds obvious, but distractions can develop quickly without planning. I know because I've been there.
Step 3: Focus on the Process - while you are working towards an end result (goal), it is essential that you focus on the process itself. Don't start projected what the finish will look like. Just focus on the now. By doing this you are able to remove all expectations and restrictive thought patterns so that you can release your creativity and problem solving skills.
Step 4: Engage Your Emotions - to be in the zone you need to be alert and fully engaged because it's a positive state of being. When you allow yourself to become idle and lose your focus negative emotions soon find the opening it needs to drag in self-doubt. Self- doubt will only hamper your ability to get into and remain within the flow.
Step 5: Action - maintain a state of action and keep the momentum going forward. It's important to not stop and think as this will prevent such negative emotions like self-doubt from creeping in. You need to remain in a state of immersion in the activity without any awareness of yourself or your ego.
Step 6: Practice - "Practice makes perfect" so the saying goes. By practicing getting into the zone regularly you will create your own set of rituals and cues that will help you get into the flow. Over time these will become second nature and your body will respond by entering the zone more quickly and easily.
Now that you've gotten a taste of the "Flow Life", want to keep it going? Do you want to kick procrastination out of your life? Do you want the tools needed to keep you in the flow? If you are ready to increase productivity and learn how to live in the flow and actually get stuff done? Join others just like you seeking to slay the "Time Dragon" and get the time to live and enjoy your life! Pick up your free report, "Productivity" when you join the community. Click here: Get Stuff Done
Beverly Jones-Durr is known as the “Clarity Ninja and Mindset Shifter” because she teaches clients, consultants and other service professionals how to eliminate the fog, remove the clutter and shift their focus to their purposeful and intentional path. She is the creator of Sistahs Unlimited, a program that helps women to develop their authentic selves and create a positive and powerful mindset while creating action plans that are both attainable and measureable. JOIN the Sistahs Unlimited Community today and learn how to live your best life! You can also follow Beverly on Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube