How Long Does It Take to Get Into Flow State?
Getting into an extremely good flow state is one of my favorite things to do in life! I try to stay in a state of flow, and in full engagement as much as humanly possible. I have been able to get into strong flow states in subjects that interest me to an extreme degree, such as Finance, Accounting, SEO, writing, politics and reading, but primarily these days in studying finance and accounting, and in working on my SEO blogs. In fact one thing that I have noticed I started doing when I need to have a long 3 hour cram session for accounting, is that I will log onto the computer, and I will write for something like 15 to 20 minutes, the start of a blog post (which is what I am doing right now) before I switch on over to trying to study accounting. The reason for this, as I am now finding out, is that it takes a significant amount of time, to the tune of about 15 to 20 minutes for your brain to get into a flow state, where the work you are doing on the computer fully grips you.
I have a hunch that this is a major reason why I hated the early years of college and academia school so much as well. How the heck are you going to get into flow state taking your SATs (without literally pots full of coffee) and how are you going to get into flow, which is a state of absolute gripping engagement if you are writing an essay about history or some nonsense. The best times I’ve ever had when I was focused on something business-related, was when I had an online business that was making like $10,000 per month and I was doing everything I could to try and maximize my productivity by getting into flow. When I can see dollar signs and I can see a goal at the end of the tunnel, I can be absolutely relentless and I have been blessed with being good at one of the best gifts on this earth, which is having a very strong flow state! In this blog post, I’ll tell you the list of things that I do in order to get into a flow state easier if I am having a lot of trouble focusing, and how you can use these along with the 20 minute rule in order to get into a state of flow!
My top things that I use to get into flow are:
Write a blog post for 15 to 20 minutes
Use Coffee, Tea or a Similar Stimulant
Working on something that grips your interest as a warm up
MUSIC – this is one of the biggest things that I have just added to my current routine in order to help me to get into a good flow state.
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How Long Does It Take to Get Into Flow State? 15 to 20 Minutes Is The Usual Answer Here
Now if you’ve ever heard of someone drinking like 5 to 10 cups of coffee, or someone that is using other stimulants, along with headphones on a computer and is getting crazy amounts of work done, this person is essentially hacking the flow state. They are using their time and attention in order to get into a state of flow that allows them to focus heavily on the task at hand. Now that I have learned much more about flow however, I realize that if I am studying for say a full hour, and then I am distracted by something, or if I decide to take a break to get a snack or eat a meal or take a phone call, that when I sit back down at the computer, if I am doing something very cognitively demanding like writing a good blog post or studying Accounting, then it takes a bit for me to get back into a true flow state.
I find that being in flow is so exponentially much more productive for me than if I work without being in this state. I have tried writing blog posts on my phone when I am in line at the grocery store, but the full truth is that you work best in like 3-4 hour increments, followed by a break, followed by another 15 to 20 minutes to get into work mode, followed by another 3-4 hour flow state. You can get an incredible amount of work done when you work in study increments like this, and I have used this to get my fair share of college degrees so far.
If you are having a difficult time getting into a state of flow, here’s what I would recommend. What do you like to do that is somewhat close to what you need to work on? What I do if I need to study accounting is I will sit down at the computer, and I will start writing a blog post. Obviously I monetize the content which is pretty nice for the long term, but what I really like is the fact that it gets me into the flow state in a way that just pulls me in so that I don’t have to force it. If I move from say a phone call or a walk, something relatively unfocused that does not require a lot of brainpower, and I try to sit down and do debits and credits, it’s like forget it! It’s so slow that I almost want to quit. Find that one thing on the computer that you can use to pull yourself into a state of workflow so that you can get whatever task you need to done as quickly as possible. This blog post right here is technically my flow warm up so that I can wrap up my Intermediate Accounting II class. As I wrap up writing this blog post, I realize that my wrists are now hurting a bit from typing so many words so fast, and that I am in flow now after about 20 minutes of writing!
My Typical Routine to Get Into Flow State – How This Is Helping Me to Absolutely Crush the CPA Exam
What I’ve been doing on full days that I can study, so my Saturday’s and Sunday’s, is getting something like 3 to 4 study flow states in each day. So I’ll wake up at say 9am and I’ll get coffee and water and will study focused from like 10AM to 1PM. From there I am just parched, so I’ll go eat breakfast until like 2pm. By 2:30pm I’m back in the study room and by 3PM I am back in flow state again. In flow again from 3PM to 6PM or 7PM for my second flow state of the day. Then I’ll go eat dinner until like 8 or 8:30PM (I’m a slow eater) which brings me to my last focused study session of the day, which is 9PM to 12AM or 1AM. On a full day with no distractions, and if I get good sleep, eat well and can ignore errands, I can get as much as around 10 or 11 hours of actual focused work done, whether it be writing, tax work, studying accounting, you name it I can get it done. If I was full time on my businesses, then I could actually get 80 hours a week of focused, flow-state work done. Right now I’ve got 20 hours a week of driving, at least 20 hours of wasted time in my 9 to 5 job, and really probably more like 30, and many more other time wasters. One day!
Final Thoughts On How Long Does It Take to Get Into Flow State? My Tricks and Strategies for Hacking the Flow State for Extreme Productivity
Ironically finishing up writing this blog post on how to get into the flow state has actually helped to put me back into the flow state, and I’m feeling good having published another one. Hope you enjoyed reading, stay tuned for more blog posts on Psychology and Finance.
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