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Tip 8: How to find your flow

When we are challenged with something we both love doing and are skilled at, we open ourselves up to flow.

Graeme Tidd
Graeme Tidd
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To find an example of somebody being in a flow state, look to the world of competitive sport and watch the winners move through a game. They are in the zone - the flow.

What is Flow?

Flow is a mental state that energises you through a deep enjoyment of a particular activity that requires skill, coupled with an absolute focus on achieving something specific.

You believe in your abilities completely.

Flow is an example of how thought can affect your reality.

Want to geek out on flow? Check this out:

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How to find your flow state

You will have specific skills that you enjoy using to create work. You just need a challenge to generate the focus you need to channel your energy, such as a commercial gig or a passion project.

Flow can only exist within a positive mindset, which is not always easy to achieve. We can't plan to have a positive mindset, so we rely on factors such as environment and mood. Consider what you can do to nurture positivity and build a flow state, such as:

  • Listening to music whilst you work. If I find a new track I love, I'll put it on repeat for...hours. Weird? Maybe not as much as you think:
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  • Adjusting the lighting. Candles, lasers, filament bulbs, nothing but the glare of your laptop - lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood
  • Working out of your favourite cafe or finding a new one
  • Having some of your favourite snacks to hand
  • Having something to look forward to at the end of the day can help boost energy, preventing dips in motivation

Experiment and see what works for you.

Go flow.

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Graeme Tidd

I write inspiring tips for anybody who wants to work freelance, in any discipline. Learn what they don't teach you and make progress 🚀

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