Productivity — Sprints & Flow
I work best in sprints. And my most productive sprints happen when I achieve a state of flow.
It is critical to find what gets you in a flow. Some people get the best done when they are in flights, others get flow when they work out of a coffee shop, and then some people find their flow when they log in late in the evenings. It differs from people to people.
It is a state of mind, which gets you going, and you become unstoppable for that period of time.
Some tips to achieve flow:
- Set daily rituals in general, a structured day gives you the habit to get in a flow.
- Identify the environment and time when you are in your zone. It needs some experimentation.
- Have a to-do list, which should be created out of your core goals for the week, month, or quarter. It gives a purpose.
- Break big problems into small tasks. Think of the next logical mini-task which will get the big problem sorted. Do that small task well. Avoid multitasking. Congratulate yourself on tasks done.
- Choose tasks which are incrementally challenging
- Eat the frog i.e. difficult things cannot be avoided. Better face it and declutter your mind.
- Create a decision framework. Mental models help a lot. Most tasks get stuck due to indecisiveness.
Whats works for you? How do you achieve flow?