Getting into a state of flow
Also known as being ‘in the zone’, being in a flow state means having the ability to focus on just one thing and becoming fully immersed in it. Positive psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi described it as ‘being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.’
To get into a state of flow you need to have:
- Just the right amount of pressure, not so much that you feel stressed
- Control of the task, so you know it’s something you can complete
- No distractions so you can fully focus on the task
- No negative thoughts around what you’re doing
Achieving all these things might seem impossible in a busy office so try making these small changes to your work environment.
- Use a quiet area or meeting room
- Use headphones to block noise
- Put your phone away, switch off notifications for emails and IM chats
- Have your to-do list at hand so if you do lose focus it just takes a quick glance to remind yourself of your priorities.
How to manage stress
Life can get stressful. The more we try to cram into our lives, the more we risk feeling stressed.
Stress is not a trivial matter. It can cause health conditions like headaches, high blood pressure and in more serious cases can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
That is why it’s vital to know how to deal with stress.
Poor time management can contribute to your stress levels. Even the smallest tasks can become stressful if you feel overwhelmed by your workload. Using some of the time management techniques in this article can really help. We go into more detail about the causes and ways to manage stress in this article.
Work-life balance is where you have enough time for both work and personal interests. This could be family, hobbies, study or relaxation. If one side of your life starts taking up too much time you can become stressed and productivity can be affected.
Your career might be important to you but it’s also vital to find a good work life balance between work and personal life. Not having that balance is a major cause of stress, illness and low productivity. It can also take its toll on your personal life, relationships and self-esteem.
Benefits of having a good work life balance:
- It reduces your chance of suffering from stress
- Your productivity will increase
- You’ll enjoy work more
- You’ll have more time for yourself and your interests
By making use of the time management techniques in this article you should have more time in the day and be able to maximise productivity at work while still having time and energy to pursue interests outside of work. Hopefully these tools will help you to establish your own rules that allow you to strike the perfect balance.