Optimal Conditions for Flow State
Now that we know what flow is and why it’s something worth focusing on, let’s dig into it a little bit more. When we understand the different components of flow, this equips us with an important understanding of how and when we “get in the zone.” With a little practice, we can even begin to induce flow state! Read on for some of the primary conditions under which flow begins:
Is the challenge at hand a good match for your current skills? Then you stand a good chance of entering into flow once you get going. These two factors meeting each other in substance yields a good opportunity to really start jamming out to whatever it is that you’re doing. On the flip side, if your skillset and the challenge are a poor match, you’re more likely to just get frustrated. Think back to the last time you were trying to do something that was too hard or too easy for your current skill set? Not the right recipe for flow, huh?
Clear goals + unambiguous feedback
When we’re able to visualize the end result well, and we get consistent, clear feedback about our performance along the way, this keeps us in a good headspace to attend to the task at hand with enthusiasm and focus. If our outcome is ambiguous or unclear, or if we’re not receiving feedback as we go along, it’s much easier to get tripped up by the process.