People think I’m a self-improvement junkie who has mastered flow . That’s a lie. I am terrible at getting into a flow state. Over the last few months, it has taken me more than three hours to get into flow.
I start trying to write at 7 AM every Saturday and eventually don’t get started work until 10 AM, and often as late as 11 AM. That’s three hours that get wasted procrastinating. I procrastinate by reading other writers, watching Youtube videos, replying to emails, and posting silly status updates on LinkedIn.
Recently, I found a way to beat procrastination.
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There is hope for us procrastinators. You don’t need to keep giving your time away to the procrastination gods. This technique applies to any form of work.
One Saturday I found the answer. The clock hit 8 AM. I told myself I was going to type out the outline of a draft story I would most li...
Dogs love treats. So do humans. Give yourself a treat for finishing your work. Know what it is beforehand. Commit to it. Then tell yourself you can’t have the reward until the work is done. Visualize the reward while you work.
Getting into a flow state is all in your head. All you have to do is pretend you’re not starting work. Tell yourself you’re just messing around. Create a piece of art you expect to throw in the trash. Enjoy how low-quality the first hour of your work is going to be. Tell yourself, low-quality to ...
When my girlfriend books a social event at the end of a writing session it drives me nuts. I’m literally cursing in my head. Then I realized she’s actually doing me a flow state favor.
An event at the end of your work helps you rethink how much time you have. When time is scarce there is no...
I'm a healthcare ed/tech ID consultant, yoga teacher/SEL facilitator, & RN educator. I love cats, books, naps, & the great indoors.
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