Sometimes I whip up a lot of energy while working on content creation for my blog and social media posts. I get excited as I notice I have created three excellent posts in an hour. “I’m in the flow, I’m in the flow!” says my happy heart. A part of me wants to keep pushing, wants to keep going thinks “If I stop now, I won’t be able to get back into the flow!”
Recently I had this exact experience. As a creative entrepreneur, I am in control of my calendar so I could have set everything aside in attempts to continue the flow OR I could instead choose to stay with my original plan: run errands and go for a walk.
When I went for errands, it temporarily broke the flow AND it re-energized me to return to content creation later in the day.
What I have discovered is managing the transition times between activities is where flow is birthed. When I am mindful and attentive to where my energy is going, my overall output is more engaging and from the heart. I am less frustrated and end my work days and work weeks feeling deeply satisfied and it shows in the work I do with my clients and students.
- Test your effectiveness in blocks of time in order to measure what amounts of time are the most fruitful. Set a timer to different segments of time. Start with raising your chunks of time by 30 minutes. Within a week or so, you will be able to see patterns, including when during the day you are less productive at the keyboard and might be better off using the time for exercise or chores.
- Experiment with short, medium and longer times – and begin to plan for segments of time when your productivity drops off.
- When your time is up, leave they keyboard right away and begin transitioning to another activity.
In an article soon, we will explore how to make the most of transitional times.
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This is so applicable!
I can get going in my mind, and feel frustrated when life invades.
Yet, sitting and working at the blog for too long literally leaves my head spinning. I have to get out and do real things, or I’ll get sucked into a hole of too much screen time.
There is a balance. I am striving to find that while purposing to do my best in every area—not just the blog. Otherwise, I’ll have a fake online life, and an unsatisfying real life. The more I put into my family and home, the more energy I actually feel for writing!
Thanks fo much for sharing this!
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Such simple but useful advice. Thank you!
Good advice! I was in the flow last night but I got sleepy… Sometimes, the flow hits at weird times!
Janet Miles says
Good points. I am in the flow when I am in the studio and don’t notice that it changes from day to night! Flow was my word of the year for this year and I’m afraid I haven’t really paid enough attention to it.
Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA says
I, too, write blog posts in spurts. Until my queue is 30 days filled- and then I take some time off, writing just one or two blogs a day.
Angie Vallejo says
Many times when I want to get posts done it’s a one day of concentration and nothing else. I get distracted too easy. 🙃
Vidya Tiru says
Like Angie, I tend to get distracted too.. and I have actually set aside tomorrow to work on a couple of projects I kept putting off because of those constant distractions.. But yes, there are times when those focused spurts of working and transitioning help me a lot so thank you for this timely reminder..