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3 Strategies for Finding Flow in Chaotic Times Getting in the zone is a science-backed way to hit goals faster and feel happier too.

By Lenka Lutonska

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The other day I was busy working on some copy for a new sales page. The words were flowing — it felt like they were pouring out of me. A couple of hours went by and I didn't even notice the time passing. I was so caught up in my work, and yet it all felt so easy and effortless. I was in the zone — I was in a state of "flow.'

Flow, a concept identified by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, occurs when someone is in a state of mind where they are effortlessly focussed on the task at hand. According to Csikszentmihalyi, "The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile."

He describes being in flow as "a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it."