This world is filled with distractions. A real-world example, it took me more time than I would like to admit to start writing this post. We have so many things fighting for our attention. This results in videos, ads, posts, and distractions aplenty. The seconds of our day are worth money a lot to ourselves and to others.
To reach a place where you maximize your time spent on a project, you need to access a creative state. This can be called many things but it’s all the same mental state. It is a state of mind where you work on a task for 15 minutes uninterrupted without distractions. Once you hit that 15-minute mark, your creativity and ability soar.
I had not delved deeper into it until recently and by chance. My nights had mixed results when it came to productivity. I could push out paragraphs, edit down videos, or plan out future projects to no end at times. Other nights, I would waste away on Youtube or Twitter. Sometimes I would fool myself into thinking it might be productive.
It was one of these nights that I discovered the flow state. This is achieved by focusing and doing whatever it is that you planned on doing for 15 minutes straight with no interruptions. No cell phone, no videos, no articles. It is just you and whatever it is you are using to create or work on. It is a little change to your routine but optimized what you can achieve. Interruptions are hard to recover from and you may never get back on the path you were trying to go down.
Give it a try. There is nothing you have to lose except not having up-to-the-minute updates on social media or being able to watch some of the countless hours of ever-expanding entertainment. All of those will still be there when you are ready to relax.
For more information, check out this link to Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (this is an affiliate link). This book goes more in-depth about the optimal experience and getting into the flow state.