Sometimes 9-5 just won’t do it. Especially in creative tasks, flow is an essential element. It’s something you can’t always have on demand.
I always find web development work and creative processing difficult during the day time. I can produce standard business portraits with no problem; but when there’s a more creative task to do…
There are a million interruptions; either the phone will ring, or emails will come in, or I’ll think I really could be doing something else.
So a technique I use to get into the required flow for such a task is to get up in the middle of the night. The world is silent. There’s nowhere else I could possibly be. There is no feeling of guilt if I don’t open my email. That’s when the truly creative work gets done.
Of course, any work carried out must be checked carefully in the morning! And I have to remember to give myself an equivalent amount of time off in the day.
Do you need flow in your life? Where do you find it?