There are few things that I am grateful for about this past year, but one thing I have really been able to experience is the immense state of flow I can get into.
If you don’t know, flow state is described as:
A sense of fluidity between your body and mind, where you are totally absorbed by and deeply focused on something, beyond the point of distraction. Time feels like it has slowed down. Your senses are heightened. You are at one with the task at hand, as action and awareness sync to create an effortless momentum. Some people describe this feeling as being “in the zone”.taken from headspace
So basically, you feel really good about whats going on all around you.
As horrible as online school has been for me, its been quite an experience and I can totally tell you that I’m coming out of this with a whole set of new skills. Obviously I need to share them with you, so here’s my checklist to making work feel enjoyable.
- Find your tunes
I think this is step one for me because it creates such an aura around your workspace. I love to play my music softly through my bluetooth speaker. Right now I’m totally into lo-fi music – lyrics throw me off and anything with a crazy beat is too distracting. Basically I listen to elevator music while I study. No matter what your vibe is, put on a sound that makes you calm and relaxed. You should feel transported to a tropical island or a little cozy coffee shop or somewhere where the vibes are completely immaculate. Just incase you’re curious, heres what I’m listening to today:
2. Create a peaceful atmosphere
Okay, very similar to number one but important enough that it needs its own point. You need to sit yourself in a room or a corner where you feel fabulous. I love to sit in the sun to get my work done. I also know that I need a comfy chair and a candle to be lit. If you have a desk, work on setting it up like the girl you dream of being in the movies has. Put up inspirational pictures, get a plant, and change up your screen saver. If I really need to get a lot done, I change up my space to be fresh. I love to change my screen saver almost every day. If you really want to be like me, this is what my screen looks like right now, feel free to use it! The point here is that you need to feel cozy, comfortable and safe in your space. Make it yours and make it work for you.
3. Organize yourself so you know where everything is
Alright, another big one; organize the HOUSE. Not only do you need to have all the supplies you’ll need in this study session, but you need to have your time mapped out as well. I find that if I have all my notes pulled out, my textbooks beside me, pens, pencils, paper, calculator, anything you could possibly need to reach for while in this session needs to be within reach. Also, organize your documents. Maybe you need to open a new file for the resources you’ll need and display it on your home screen. I also like to make a note about what my plan is for the day or the hour. I include pretty much everything to give myself as much of a blueprint as possible. This will help you stay focused since everything has a place. This is usually what my desk looks like while I work:
heres a BONUS: make sure you don’t have too many tabs open! I say more than 6 is too many. Theres absolutely no way you’re using them all. My tip: download the PDF and close the tab. Bookmark the website for later and close the tab. If you REALLY need it open, learn how to group tabs for better organization. A clear browser is a clean mind!
4. Set a limit
I would call this a time limit, but sometimes you never know how long a task will actually take. I don’t usually sit and do more than one task at a time because each thing usually takes me about an hour. I guess you could say I set myself an hour time-limit, but I aim to focus on getting one thing done before I take a break. Others have a different way of chunking, maybe you follow the Pomodoro method, or you simply listen to your heart, but no matter what, you’ve gotta set a limit. Don’t work yourself overtime because recovering from burnout takes way longer than you probably have time for. I like to plan my day and set my limits in there, and it usually looks like a note like this:
5. make sure you’re fuelled and ready to go
Last but not least, you need to imagine yourself hunkering down, unable to be disturbed and prepared for battle. This means you’ve got the beverages necessary to get out of this alive, you’ve eaten, moved around a little, you feel good, you got a snack, and you know what you need to do. Try to take care of anything that could go wrong or bug you in the middle of your work. You want no distractions. Maybe you need a blanket and a cup of coffee, or maybe you need the fan blowing on your face and the windows wide open. What ever you may need, get it and secure it, because you’re going into work mode and nothing can pull you out of it.
There you have it. I hope these tips help you! I’ve certainly had to learn through trial and error, so just know that if what works for me doesn’t work for you, then you get the privilege of exploring what you need.
So get out of here! Go do your work and smash it hard. I’ll see you tomorrow with some more words! x