Inside the mind of a painter series: Flow

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How do one start experiencing flow? I recently listened to a lecture about the book  “Flow: the psychology of optimal experience “ By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. They talked about how you experience flow when you do something thats enough challenging for the brain to make an effort but not stressfull on you. Time just flyes by when you experience this and you get a lot done.

I naturally experience flow when I create and for me its a calm, stable feeling where all of your resources are in sync and things flow effortlessly throughout the day.

I thought about an exercise that can get you into flow quicker. At least for me. You should try this before you start working on something and please feel free to copy this list or share this post anywhere.

Aisandbergs’ shortcut to flow:
1. Calm down by focusing on your breathing. Feel your stomach move up and down.
2. Start doing things slow and with clear intentions.
3. Listen to the silence/noice around you. Just notice it. Don’t be bothered by it.
4. Be in the present moment by forgetting your thoughts and focus on one thing at a time. Focus on what you are doing.
5. Snap up on images/words/ideas that come to you during the day.
6. Do things right away as they unfold throughout the day instead of just putting it off. “Get that hot potatoe off your hands”
7. Don’t look on the clock so much. Set alarms for your next meeting or for breaks etc.