I’m the first person to say that I do my best work when I’m in the flow. And I’m the first person to recommend that anyone I work with find their own flow. But what do I mean by that?
When you’re in your flow, time just passes. You don’t look at what you’re doing as work. You don’t feel like you just have to get stuff done for the sake of getting it done. You feel like you’re investing your time in something worthwhile and you reap the benefits. You enjoy the interactions you make with people along the way because the process and interactions feel good – encouraging and light. You want to go the extra mile to get shit done because you know you’re making a mark for yourself and your career or business.
Now mind you, I’m not going to say that every waking moment of work will be idealistic. There will be days when things are off and stuff gets thrown at you far quicker than you think you can manage. There will be moments when you just want to crawl back into bed and ignore the growing to-do list. But considering that we spend the majority of our lives working, you want the positives to outweigh the negatives the majority of the time.
Sometimes you have to create your flow. Sometimes it’s not the task at hand that gets you in the flow. Sometimes it’s the way you approach your work and the people you interact with.
If you can find meaning and satisfaction in what you do then you can find your flow.
If you can turn a negative situation into a challenge that you meet head on with a positive go-get-‘er-done attitude, you’re in the flow.
If you can laugh in the face of a screw up, that’s your flow.
If you can calm others when the pressure is high, call that your flow.
At the end of the day, you need to take charge of any situation and create a sense of pride and accomplishment in everything you do. Life is too short to not love what you do.