It’s pretty important to be happy in your work.
Mainly for the reason that we spend most of our terribly short lives at the grindstone. So, unless you happen to have a lovely trust fund and can survive travelling around the world ad infinitum, listen up on working in your flow.
Maybe we should start with “what the heck is my flow?!”
Well, think of it like this – when are you at your happiest? That feeling when you are lost in yourself, completely contented, immersed in what you are doing, calm, inspired, happy? The same feeling as when you are dancing maybe, lost in the moment.
That’s your flow.
For me, I have this feeling when I am painting and drawing. Or engrossed in some craft, be it mucking about with papers and dyes or textiles. I also have it when engaged in creative thinking, brainstorming. I have it too when I am cracking on with a design project, solving the pieces of puzzle that make communication. I have it too when I am teaching, jumping around a classroom thinking on my feet.
I also have it the most, I think, when writing; or, more specifically, blogging. Blogging flicks that switch in me that means I am in The Zone. There is something about the nature of blogging – the free speech, unedited, non time-based, idea generated, self initiated process that I love. Tinkering with themes and codes, posting personal journeys, professional ideas, all have me aglow with contentment, fulfilment and totally In. My. Flow. For me, it also happens to be something I can do easily both when I am in pain and when I am not, so it’s something that suits my life in many ways.
So, what’s your flow? Notice today, tomorrow, next week, when you feel lost in yourself. Be mindful of that feeling and make a mental note.
If you have no idea what it is, get out there and try new things. I am sure you will find it. I have some tips on how to find it coming up in future blog posts too.
And, you know what I am going to tell you to do after that? Make sure you do more of it. That’s the secret to loving your work.
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