What Is Going with the flow? Going with the flow is taking each action only when it feels good, right, and easiest and there aren’t any major obstacles or signals that you shouldn’t be doing that task or activity at the moment.
Why is it important to go with the flow? It is important to go with the flow because when you do you end up optimizing your energy and inspiration when they are at their strongest which allows you to be more productive and to enjoy and feel excited about what you are doing in each moment, and it allows you to rest and relax when your body, mind, and spirit need it. Going with the flow is beneficial because it actually allows you to be more productive over all and do consistently great work because you are well rested and only working on things when you are energized and inspired. It keeps you feeling happy and stress free because you are never forcing yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing, you are always doing what feels good to do. It all comes down to what you feel. If you do what feels good you feel good, if you do what doesn’t feel good you feel bad.
How do you go with the flow? Going with the flow means you do what feels natural and comfortable to do in a given moment. You only tackle the activities and tasks that require more focus, more energy, or more patience when you are feeling focused, energized or patient. When inspiration strikes, you allow yourself to follow that inspiration and you can mentally set aside time to accomplish other plans that you had so you can make the most of your inspiration while you have it. If you are feeling tired, annoyed, stressed, burned out, or don’t feel particularly drawn to any activity it’s time to rest and relax and let your mind wander, you can lay down if you want, or whatever is comfortable and just be. If you are feeling that way you need a break and it’s best to give yourself a break, otherwise you are going to feel worse and it’s going to take you much longer to get back to feeling excited and energized again. It is OK to take breaks even when you don’t think you’ve been doing anything that should make you feel tired out. Listen to your body and what your body feels like doing.
Mistakes- what shouldn’t you do? A common mistake people make when trying to accomplish different tasks and activities without going with the flow is that they try to do things they want to get done or have to get done when they are tired or don’t feel any energy or excitement around it, and this leads to feelings of stress, annoyance, poor quality of work, and burnout.
An example of what going with the flow looks like for me: I have several things going on these days, I am building up my art business by looking at different ways and places to sell and market my artwork and creating new pieces, I am learning about and building my lifestyle business online, I am working on making gifts for people who supported a fundraiser to get me to my wilderness school, I am responsible for making sure we have different meals to eat each day, and lots of other things. When I wake up in the morning I usually eat something before I start on any projects, and depending on what I need to get done, what I feel inspired to do, and how energetic I am feeling I will decide what task to work on. This morning I feel inspired to write a blog post, I need to work on my gifts for fundraiser supporters which will take a little more thinking and research, and I am not feeling very energetic right now. Yesterday I was feeling very dizzy all day if I so much as sat up for a few seconds, so I am trying to take it easy still. Right now since I can lay back on some pillows and type without exerting too much energy and I am feeling inspired I will write my blog post so I can get some useful information out to people while building my website. The thing I need to work on is the gifts, but since it isn’t imperative that I get that done by the end of the day I can hold off on that until I feel energized and inspired to work on it. So basically you see I am checking what tasks need to be done, how I feel energetically, and where I am feeling inspiration. Because of the low energy I am feeling and the inspiration to write this blogpost, writing this blogpost is the perfect activity for me to do right now. It doesn’t waste my inspiration to write while it is optimal, and it allows me to rest a bit while still taking action. Now if I were feeling particularly inspired to go to the store to pick up supplies for my fundraising gifts and I was feeling like I wanted to get out of the house would it make sense for me to lay back and leisurely write a blog post right now? Probably not. I find that when I go with the flow I feel better, and everything that needs to get accomplished gets accomplished, and it gets accomplished at the most optimal time. I have more inspiration because I don’t force myself to do things when I don’t have the energy to do them so they don’t ever become big ugly tasks that I do against my will.
If you want to reduce stress, be more productive, and stay inspired I highly recommend practicing going with the flow whenever you can. Going with the flow allows you to accomplish things when you are feeling inspired to do so and allows you to rest when your mind or body needs rest, which will then allow you to feel refreshed and energized and up for more inspiring and productive activities. It is a cycle that will keep you feeling good and moving forward.