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  • Writer's pictureAli Craig

Defining Your Flow

Organization and productivity is a hot topic. Everyone wants to know how you can hack yourself, your schedule, and your work to get more done, achieve more, and have the life you want.

Well, the truth is that it's less about doing it in someone else's system and more about understanding your unique flow. When you understand exactly how you work, you can then design your life the way you want to, and more importantly, design your productivity to be in flow with your natural rhythms.

Now, the great thing is being an entrepreneur; you control a lot of your schedule. You don't have to get up at a certain time. You don't have to go to a certain office building, and you don't have many of the have-to's that others have. But, there are certain obligations.

Want to know how to design your flow?

Simple as this.

1. Simply write down all your logistical obligations.

Do you have to take the kiddos to school in the morning? Do you have to get up and make breakfast? What obligations do you have, time-wise, restrict when and where you have to be? Once you understand that, step two is simply taking into account, what are your natural rhythms? Are you naturally more of a morning person? Does your brain shut down between the hours of two and four? Do you tend to stay up later and be more creative?

2. Stop and see where you are now because just because you were a night bird in your 20s does not mean you're a night owl today. You could have changed your rhythms.

You need to know who you are today, and you need to be constantly on guard for this. Because as you flow through different seasons of your work and your life, you can be changing when you are most creative, productive, and feel most confident.

3. Now, simply try it out. Try scheduling a work schedule that well, works for you. It works for the logistics and works for how you flow. It doesn't matter if you're shooting videos at two in the morning. It doesn't matter if it's a Sunday versus a Monday. Those time restraints of days weeks and hours of the day don't have to define you because, as an entrepreneur, they don't influence you most of the time.

Choose what works for you, and forget what society says you should or shouldn't do.

There are no shoulds and shouldn't when it comes to being productive in your flow. Try it out for at least two weeks, and see if the schedule begins to work. Then, of course correct. Maybe not binge-shooting all your videos is the idea. Maybe a little every single day for an hour creates more consistency in actually getting the job done with better quality.

Whatever it is, stay consistent at it. See what works, keep those elements, and course correct along the way.

And as your life changes, and the time obligations change, and your body changes, and your mindset changes, as life changes, then course-correct as those changes occur. That way, you are always in the flow of how you will produce the best quality. You don't have to worry about the trends of biohacking, scheduling, or what's the latest and greatest anything.

Save your money, save your time, and trust yourself. Your body, your instinct, and your energy are telling you exactly when, where, and how to be the most organized and most productive you can be.

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