Have you ever been so absorbed in what you're doing that time seems to stand still? This incredible experience, where distractions vanish and you feel a sense of effortless attention, is known as the flow state

It's that feeling when everything else fades away, and you're completely in the zone.

You may lose track of time, or feel that time has actually slowed down. There aren’t any distractions because you can’t be distracted. Any noise you had in your mind is now replaced with clarity.

And you’ve somehow unlocked effortless attention.


What a truly energising experience.

What is the flow state?

The concept of "flow" was first introduced by psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura in 1975. It describes a state of complete immersion in an activity, usually one that is challenging and engaging. Interestingly, the flow state often occurs during periods of intense activity, rather than when you're relaxed.

The benefits of being in flow

Not only does being in flow feel amazing, but it also brings numerous benefits:

  • Increased Engagement: You're more connected to your work.
  • Enhanced Focus and Clarity: Distractions fade away.
  • Boosted Creativity: You're more open to new ideas and approaches.
  • Confidence: You feel capable and in control.
  • Emotional Awareness: You're more attuned to your emotions.

Unfortunately, we can't force the flow state, but we can create the right conditions to encourage it.

Trying to encourage flow state 

Csikszentmihalyi and Nakamura identified several factors that contribute to entering the flow state:

  • Clear goals and immediate Feedback: Know what you're aiming for and how you're doing
  • Loss of self-consciousness: Forget about yourself and immerse in the task
  • Balance between skills and challenge: The task should be challenging but achievable
  • Sense of control: Feel in charge of your actions
  • Time distortion: Lose track of time
  • Intrinsic reward: Find the task itself rewarding
  • Confidence in success: Believe you can succeed

Strategies to increase your chances of achieving flow

It can be quite difficult to get into a flow state!

We need to fulfil most of the above factors in order to get flowing.

Some things you can do to encourage getting into flow include:

  1. Do what you love: Engage in activities that genuinely interest you. While not every part of your job may be exciting, focus on the elements you enjoy.

  2. Prioritize important tasks: Avoid multitasking. Concentrate on one task at a time to minimize distractions and increase focus. Tools like Llama Life can help you stay on track.

  3. Eliminate distractions: Identify what usually distracts you and take steps to remove these interruptions. Turn off your phone, log out of social media, and create a distraction-free environment.

  4. Know your peak times: Recognize when you are most productive. Whether you're a morning person or a night owl, align your most important tasks with these peak times.

  5. Recognize flow: When you start feeling that rush of clarity and creativity, acknowledge it. Note what activities lead you to this state and aim to do more of them.

Reflecting on flow moments

Think about the last time you were in a flow state. It likely happened naturally, without planning. You discovered an activity that was challenging yet enjoyable, and you felt capable of completing it. Try to recreate these conditions to encourage more flow moments.

When was the last time you felt truly in the zone? 

How did you try to get back there? 

Using tools like Llama Life can help you focus on one priority at a time, enhancing your chances of entering the flow state.

Good luck on your journey to finding flow!