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A state of consciousness where you can do any task effortlessly is the flow state
A scientist analyzing data whole night is in a flow state. A topper studying all day is in flow state.
Flow State can be described as addiction to work.
You lose the track of time, hunger and even the sense of identity when you are in such a state. It's just magic!
You can do a task for as long as you want until you keep on recieving the dopamine. That's why people following their passion have a higher success rate.
2. Skills VS Challenge Ratio (SC Ratio):
SC Ratio has to be 1:1. The skills required to complete a challenge shouldn't make that challenge too easy or too hard. Just the right balance!
I am addicted to coding. You type something and get a beautiful design. It gets you a lot of dopamine. So much that you don't care about the SC Ratio which is 1:1.5
How Can You Get Into Flow State?
Try to make any task more fun.
If it's repetitive or SC Ratio is 1:1, do it with MUSIC.
If it's not repetitive, listen to music right before doing it. Do it with your peers. Add Milestones. Example, eating a snack after each 2 hour study session
To overcome the resistance by brain, you can simplify the very pressurising hard task into smaller easier tasks/chunks/pieces.
Procrastinating till 1 hour before the exam can still secure you an average grade and studying the whole year can also get you an average grade. Deadline pressure forces a flow state, we pace up, and focus really good at that time
Your brain assigns a particular task to a place. For example, bed is for sleeping or scrolling. Couch is for TV or gossips. Kitchen's for eating. It's really uncomfortable to interchange the task & the place. Therefore, decide a particular place for your task. Example, a desk for studying.
You can't stop yourself from drinking when in a bar. When you are surrounded by comfort zones like bed & couch, do you expect yourself to do uncomfortable tasks? So is assigning a place to a task enough? Nope, you have to change the whole environment if the task is hard. Therefore, going to a library is a more suitable option than a desk.
Another main aspect is that a silent, distraction free environment gives you the ability to focus which is very important for flow state
Assign a span of time to a task and do that task, daily, in that specific time span. Be consistent.
What's more inspiring than peer pressure? Doing a particular task with your peers helps build peer pressure. It also helps in completing a task easily if your peers are smarter than you.
Distraction free environment is important for focus. Habits like Meditation, less dopamine consumption, etc. also help in focusing.
Your mind will resist the task you are doing. It will resist by giving you tasks which give you more dopamine. But, when everything you do gives you nearly the same amount of dopamine, then your brain will resist less. Therefore, delete all your dopamine sources such as social media, TV, Netflix, etc. if you are on an important endeavour.
Think of yourself as an ape and give that ape the task you want to do.
Example, how will you make an ape play minecraft
1. Simplify Minecraft. Add swiping for movement instead of joystick. Add touches for breaking stuff.
2. Give a mini tutorial: Break the task into very small chunks and give some dopamine after completing each task. Example:
Learnt moving -> Peanuts -> Learnt Breaking -> Peanuts -> Learnt Hunting -> Peanuts
3. Make that task the most rewarding. Don't let that ape discover tasks more fun.
4. Do it in a specific place & time inside a room, not a forest.
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