WORK | Respect the Work Flow
With working on my own projects, taking on freelance work, balancing the mama life and maintaining family and friend relationships I have been meditating on
How do I respect the flow?
What is flow?
Flow is tossed around within the creative and millennial communities as a term we use to describe what it means to be in a good productive working physical and internal atmosphere.
Means I do my best to accept and actively do work during my prime productive hours.
For me, this looks like mornings for technical work, and evenings for creative work.
I have noted over the years as a student, freelancer & human being that from 1:40pm - 5:00pm I am a zombie of energy. During those hours I tend to dip in energy (no matter what food or exercise routine I do) and am apathetic in motivation. This could be due to the way my energy is at an all time high from 7am - 1pm, or that I tend to stay up till close to midnight most nights for creative and inspirational purposes.
Either way, I have learned over the years, and especially at this stage in my life, that working to match that rhythm produces my best work.
Means I create routine and boundaries for the things in which I value and know feed my soul.
For me, this looks like having bi-weekly routines of date nights, friend dates, farmers market visits etc, while also making sure the times I am least energetic is where I am at rest, read, journal, etc.
Knowing yourself is a huge part of optimizing your flow.
As an example, I know I am a social introvert. I am stimulated by intimate settings with others, but too much and I am drained. I also realize that I do need that time to retreat and reflect in order for me to continue giving out in a healthy and high quality manner.
& with that…
I am at my best when I respect and adjust my days to match the work flow that brings me to where I need to be.