Think of a time when you were so engrossed in your work that you looked up and suddenly realized that an entire hour had gone by. Congratulations!—You were deep in your Flow State. How did that feel? If you felt motivated and productive, while also light and carefree at the same time, we're here to help you tap into that place every day here at Centered. Keep reading below to learn more about Flow, how to set yourself up for optimal Flow Sessions, and how we use music to get you into a Flow State at Centered.
Flow is a mental state of productivity characterized by complete absorption in a task, which results in a total transformation of your relationship to time. Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term "Flow" in 1975 to describe the sensation of time falling away when applying the mind "in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile." Thinking this sounds lofty and aspirational? Not to worry—everyone can access a Flow State to get their work done faster. But how?
There are certain things you can do to increase the chances that you'll tap into your very own Flow State. While you can't always guarantee that you'll be working in a quiet environment, you can at least make the decision to monotask, beginning with your most important task (MIT). We've got some good news for you here, too—you can increase your chances for Flow when you consume your favorite caffeinated drink strategically. We can get on board with that.
In Centered Flow Sessions, we use curated music playlists to support you in tapping into your Flow. Research has revealed that tracks with a tempo of 60-90 beats per minute increase alpha brain waves while decreasing higher-activity beta waves. In other words, you're in a better headspace for feeling motivated while lessening your awareness of time.
We know that while you're in Flow, there's always that temptation to open up an app or a website that might...not...exactly be on track. So, we give you Noah, your personal productivity coach, who will welcome you to Flow, nudge you when you open a distracting app or site, and congratulate you on a job well done.
Ready to experience Flow for yourself? Join us in our desktop experience where you'll optimize your productivity through monotasking while dropping into your Flow State with our music. The best part is that you'll join a community of other people tapping into the power of their Flow State, too. We can't wait to see you do something great while getting your work done faster.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
8 Ways to Create Flow (Positive Psychology)
How to Reach Flow State (Medium)