Despite the electronic age, journaling and writing seems to be making a bit of a comeback. Tactile and memorable. This second flow hack encourages us to dust off our notepad and pens, and tackle 3 stages of free writing.
Write – a question that needs answers, something that is on your mind and needs to be let loose. Secondly, incubate and leave this question be. Allow time for the ink to dry, and come back when you are ready. Settle and
Optimal performance can be engineered, we can all increase our odds of finding flow with a few simple and deliberate intentions. And like many things in life this first flow hack takes an everyday activity and adding a dose of precision. Something that you are doing right now, something that you can do with greater awareness, right now. A few minutes when you need it most, a daily practice to keep you on top of your game.
Breathe. Hold. Breathe. Hold.
Wow, what a blast – here we are on our 17th (and final) flow trigger. Remember you don’t need to pull all of them to kick into flow, if you are being authentic then many of the triggers will already be in place. But paying attention to engineering these triggers can create a tipping point for flow.
Whilst only having one slot in the top 17, creativity really does matter. I like to think that creativity must figure in the 3 groups
With only one flow trigger left in the locker this is our final social trigger, and one that many people struggle with. One of the first rules of time management is – to say no. But here we are calling on you to always say yes. Well I have a strong view on this – if you and others are in flow you do not need to manage your time. Remember you can be up to 500% more effective, and
This flow trigger is not just about listening, it’s about close listening. Listening closely to the people around you so that you can all kick into flow. This kind of listening can only take place in the present – be here now.
Be a first class noticer, observing what is said and what is not said. Listen without memory, otherwise your mind is in the past. Listen without desire, otherwise your mind is in the future.
That way you can be fully engaged,