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Discussion on: How to avoid flow zone — a false sense of hyper-productivity

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There seems to be a focus on whether the flow state is beneficial or not. It would've been interesting to dive deeper into what your title is addressing: How to avoid it.

There are a lot of ways to stay on track with the project as a whole. Just to give one example, a lot of people advise using the Pomodoro technique to enter the flow state. However, what few people mention is that the Pomodoro technique is a bit of a double-edged sword, and that's a good thing!

You can use it to force yourself to take a break. Once you get back to work (or while you're still taking my break but can't stop thinking 😅), you look at the big picture of things again and see if you should continue whatever you were doing.

I don't exactly consider this "avoiding" the flow state, but rather managing it properly to avoid the pitfalls you mentioned. Definitely something worth exploring.

I think it's a pretty bad idea to forcibly distract yourself with social media just because you don't want to get into the flow state, especially if you're prone to getting a little too distracted. Simply getting up from your desk and giving yourself a breather might already be enough.

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thanks for your idea Naseki

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