Work In A Flow State For 2+ Hours Per Day Using The ‘3C Method’

How to access the zone of optimal mental performance that boosts productivity by 500%

Jari Roomer
Better Advice
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9 min readApr 15, 2021

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Flow is a psychological and physiological state of peak performance. It’s where we feel our best and perform at our best — both mentally and physically. Some people refer to it as ‘being in the zone’, ‘hyperfocus,’ or ‘full immersion.’

It’s that state in which you are one with an activity or challenge, and nothing else seems to occupy your mind. Your sense of time gets distorted, you’re deeply concentrated in the ‘now,’ and feelings of hunger, pain, or fatigue might even fade away.

The Flow State Is A Modern-Day Superpower

Operating in a flow state is common for athletes, musicians, painters, and other creatives. Nevertheless, it’s extremely valuable for knowledge workers, entrepreneurs, students, and researchers as well. For me, as a writer on productivity and peak performance, this is the most interesting part.

Steven Kotler, the author of The Art of Impossible, says that during flow, “mental and physical ability go through the roof, and the brain takes in more information per second, processing it more deeply.”

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A 10-year McKinsey study on flow and productivity found that top executives are five times more productive during flow. That’s a 500% increase in productivity.

This means that if, for the entire week, you spend 2 hours per day in a flow state, you’ll get as much done as most people do in an average 40-hour workweek.

In fact, according to these same McKinsey researchers, if you’d increase the time spend in flow by just 15–20%, overall productivity would almost double. In other words, in today’s knowledge economy, learning to harness the power of flow is a true superpower.

Whether you’re coding, writing, studying, or thinking, flow allows you to be more productive, create higher-quality work, and complete your tasks much faster. When you utilize flow states, you don’t need…

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Jari Roomer
Better Advice

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