The State of Flow

Everyone has a different work style. I usually take a tea break or get up to stretch after working for 30 minutes. However, there are times when I am so focused that I end up working for prolonged periods of time without knowing it.  It feels like minutes since I started working, but in reality, it’s been hours.  This type of mental state is called flow, or “being in the zone.” You’re so absorbed in the work that you’re oblivious to your surroundings.

However, flow can be good and bad. Unfortunately, I am not able to turn it on at will.  It usually occurs when I’m working on a problem that’s bothering me, and I intend to find the solution.  It also happens when I receive an exciting assignment. As great as the increased focus is, it’s important not to ignore that we still need to eat, drink, and take bathroom breaks. Have some snacks and drink within arm’s reach. At the very least you can keep your brain fueled and body hydrated.  If you feel the urge to go the bathroom, don’t make a habit of ignoring it since it may lead health issues concerning the bladder. Remember to take care of yourself!

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