The Flow zone

I am sitting in a cafe, the Air-condioner is at just the right temperature, there was some Beatles playlist playing which has been stopped now and there is this silence which feels odd.

Though I can see people from my pheripheral vision, a couple is just leaving the cafe. But I am in a state of flow. I am not distracted. My body is at ease, and I am completely focused on what I am writing. In fact I have been in this “Flow State” for last 2 hours and managed to tick of a few tasks off my list which I have been procrastinating. In this state of mind, I feel no tasks is difficult, I can do anything I want. Programming, music, writing, coding.

The problem is getting into this state is rather difficult. It happens at a certain place and at the certain time. It is when you are not too hungry or not too stuffed. The Ying and Yang is balanced. People who can stay in this state for longer periods can write books, become virtuoso and do all the deep work to become the super-human genius mankind produces once in a while.

If you struggle with your productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of your work. I recommend you try to deep work by getting into the “flow state”.

Flow state can be achieved by

  1. Do what you love even when your house in burning down.
  2. Say fuck you to all your problems and do what you love or love what you need to do.
  3. Find a comfortable place, but don’t be too hungry, or eat too much.
  4. Make sure, you empty your mind of mundane issues by organizing your workflow. So you can focus only on what you need to do.
  5. Flow state can only be achieved alone but one can achieve it during sex or deep intimate close dance.
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Getting out of my comfort zone

I am very bothered by this book by Robin Sharma. It is irritating the fuck out of me! This blogpost is an attempt to vent out.

I hate every word of the book, but still I am painfully trying to read the crap Mr. Robin Sharma has written. The reason why I hate the book 5am Club is the following

  1. It is a terrible cliche and badly written peice of shit.
  2. It is forcing me out of my comfort zone.

So I am in this terrible place, where if i read this badly written book, I will be the bigger loser than Mr. Sharma and if the reason is number 2, that I am avoiding to read the book because it challenges me to get out of my comfort zone. As one of the primary purpose i picked up the book was I want to get the fuck out of my comfort zone. I am sick of the comfort zone!

Now I think I can get deeper than Mr. Robin Sharma

What is a comfort zone?

What if I am already living too much out of my comfort zone?

How does Mr. Sharma know that I am about to be eaten up by a blue whale and will dissolve in the whale stomach acid in minutes?

Anyway!

The blog has achieved it’s aim of venting out on Mr Sharma and his silly book. I feel like I should troll him by writing a book called 3:30 am Club!

Any publishers here would like to give me an advance?

Decision Fatigue

I have been planning to buy a Shampoo Bottle for 3 months. It is not available on Amazon, and local stores don’t have it in stock. They have recommended I go to a bigger shop down the block, but I have been busy.

Now, Should I buy another brand of Shampoo and risk losing what is left of my crowning glory. These are the small decision which bog me down. These small decisions are the toughest. Another area where I have severe decision fatigue is what goes inside my stomach.

Some meal gives me acidity, some meal makes me feel bloated. As a consequence, I eat a shawarma dinner twice a week, twice a week I skip dinner and snack it out.

I have decided to keep a decision journal from today.

A meditation on Focus

Doing deep meaningful focussed work brings you joy

Man, I just cannot focus. The joy of doing deep focussed work also know as “flow” is lost for me. Up until now, I just didn’t think I had the tools to focus deep work.

But recently I have discovered some wonderful productivity tools like taskheat which helps me plan my projects by breaking it down in to a flow chart. But before you can focus, you need to know what the hell should you focus on. It shouldn’t happen that you focus on some project and then after wasting years you regret it. I am using Airfous for prioritisation.

Once I am decided on the one task I need to accomplish, I use one of the most simplistic app called Flowlist. This app is just amazing to just focus on that one thing you need to dig deep into.

I am an advanced app user. I have never been able to use a paper to jot down my ideas. I am a digital first inspite of belonging to Zen X. If you have been doing this on paper, you are miles ahead of me. But I am catching up soon on getting focussed and experiencing the joy of deep meaningful work.

Manage your energy not your time.

Time management is passé. The new productivity mantra is about managing your energy and time takes care of itself. If you observe, most critical task don’t take more than 30 minutes. But yes, preparation, planning, de-cluttering , organising are time killers.
If you have the strength of body and mind, you can do a lot in a day. The mind tires the body and vice-versa. You have to make sure, you give energy to your body and your mind.

I have realised giving energy to your body with food could be counter productive. Don’t you feel down right tired after a meal which is oily and greasy? Food remains the most effortless and pleasurable way to boost your energy levels. When our energy levels drops low, our blood sugar levels drop signalling the brain to suggest to us, we need to eat. We all don’t have a planned diet which can give us the critical energy.

Here are some ways you can increase your energy levels, without indulging in a heavy meal.

1) Do a short warm up –

I always do a warm up yoga. This boosts my energy levels and I am able to get my metabolism going to digest a meal. This means I don’t fall a sleep after a meal and remain alert.

2) Some breathing exercises

Breathing is a great way to increase your metabolism, calm your mind. In only a minute of focussing on your breathing we begin to recover our energy.

3) Standing Desk –

I have realised, standing and working on my MacBook is tiring. But I am more alert because of the pain. So I try to finish my tasks as soon as possible.

4) Taking short naps –

I have trouble sleeping. Most days I don’t get good sleep. Somedays I have to lie down in the afternoon or even as early as 11 am for 15 minutes, to get my energy levels up.

5) Reading

Reading is like a reset switch for your mind. If you are mentally fatigued. This is a great technique to get the mental juices flowing to nourish your mind.

There are other things which are dependent on external resource to help to boost your energy levels for e.g..

1) Counselling –

Talking to a competent authority about your problems.

2) A personal trainer

If you have some one who can guide you through a series of physical exercise to aleivate your pains. This could be wonderful.

3) Massage Therapy

Our Body craves for touch. Its the like the food for our stomach. Great way to boost energy levels.

Let me know, if you have any personal hacks to manage your energy levels.