Flow states can make you feel superhuman.
Learning more about flow states allows you to understand how you can tweak them further to enhance their powerful effect. Jari Roomer has been writing about flow states as much as I have. He’s an expert in the field and has a newsletter dedicated to productivity. The phrase flow state comes up often. Jari has experimented more with flow than anyone else I’ve come across.
One insight left me gasping for oxygen: The morning produces the best flow states.
Your mental energy is highest in the morning
Information overload and distractions deplete your mental energy. It makes sense. After a good night’s sleep you feel revitalized. Your brain has been switched off. When you wake up in the morning your brain is fresh.
I wake up at 6 AM every day. I typically waste the first hour of the day because it takes that long for my brain to wake up. From 7 AM onwards would be the ideal time to work in a flow state. The problem?
I wasted the morning. I goofed off consuming shows like “The Voice” on Youtube and watching bitcoin charts. Jared taught me to cherish the added energy the morning gives my flow states.
So, I’ve flipped my morning around. I am experimenting with working from 7 AM onwards in a flow state and goofing off late afternoon when my mental energy has been severely reduced.
Flow state hack: when your mental energy is depleted, you can simply take a nap. When you wake up you’re ready to enter a flow state again. A 20-minute nap is the optimal length based on my experiments.
The morning is for making, and the afternoon is for managing — Jari Roomer
Why the afternoon can be terrible for flow states
Jari says, “a tired brain is a distracted brain.”
Distraction is the enemy of flow states. Late in the day you are likely to feel that afternoon slump in energy, and evidence that Jared presents backs that up…