No focus, No flow.
— Christine Carter

Maybe you have felt it. That mental state, our “sweet spot,” when we are challenged and our skills are being put to full use and the world flows. When we are so focused on a project, a task that we enjoy that hours seem to fly by in no time. 

Have you felt it this past week with your first few Damn Early Days of 2019?

We know that mornings can be hard times to shut out the world and focus--especially if we had a late bedtime. But when well-rested, the silent hours of the morning when no one needs us can be powerful.

If you’ve had trouble getting into a flow these mornings, or even making the most of your morning time, here are a few tips to shift you mindset and set you up for your best chances to slip into your Flow as you ease into the new year.

When is the last time you lost time, working on a project you liked? 

  • Make a list of what it was, where, when. The details. That's your formula. 

How is your environment right now?

  • This makes a huge difference in our ability to focus. Take 5 and tidy your work space, then come back. Or do you create and work best in a coffee shop, around others? Write it out.

How is the sound in this space?

  • Do you get lost with music, or ambient sounds of your home or a coffee shop? Think about it. For some of us, some kinds of music help us zone out, for others, music is great for some tasks but is a subtle distraction, preventing us from ever fully focusing. Make note.

How is my mental space

  • Take 5 to clear your mental clutter from yesterday or what’s coming later in your day -- 5 minutes to brain dump, make a to-do list, whatever you need in order to empty it so you can hit pause on your planning mind, and so you feel no balls have been dropped. Leave it all on the paper.

Make a plan for the AM—more than routines

  • Knowing what you want to do next--especially in a big project or goal--helps your flow from one state with ease. Riding the wave from one step to the next.

What distracts you?

  • Name them, own them, and find simple solutions to shut them down. Turn it off. Take a minute to anticipate your needs and take care of them now

Prime your body

  • Grab a snack, and water. Concentration and focus actually take a lot of mental and physical effort, and blood sugar and water have been proven to help with mental clarity and boosting concentration.

Take a breath

  • Close your eyes and deep breathe for 1 minute -- settle your mind in order to it know it's time to let go of the day, focus nervous system and maximize blood flow in our brain

What tips or routine help you focus and get into your flow? Drop a message over on the Discord, or the DED Facebook Group. We want to keep learning from the community, and the many ways to flow. 

Got some chill vibes for your morning jam right here for ya, then turn this phone off and get flowing. 

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