“I am one of those people who thrive on deadlines, nothing brings on inspiration more readily than desperation.” – Harry Shearer
I would say I am someone who works well under pressure and in fact, I’d go as far to say that at times, I even prefer it! Pressure, be it internal or external, helps me to concentrate and really focus on what needs to be done. Pressure allows me to better organise my time to as I know what needs to be done HAS to be done and deadlines are a great way to bring on motivation and “the flow”.
Being “in the zone” or “in the flow” is a great way to produce effective results quickly. If you only have 24 hours to do something, you’d best get it done in those 24 hours. No distractions, no nonsense, just concentrated work in a short period of time. A good example of this would be my attitude to coursework back at university – I intentional left things to the last minute. At times I could be so in the flow that I would work in the computer room on campus from 7am to 2am, producing the same amount of work as my peers, at an average or above average standard, in a fraction of the time. I once completed a 48 page report in 24 hours! This is how powerful flow can be.
Unfortunately, however, we can’t live to this extreme all the time, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be in the flow. When you’re truly focused on something and it has your complete attention, flow and results are bound to follow. So make sure that when you commit to something, you truly commit to it and give it your undivided attention.
To summarise, if you want effective results quickly, you need to find your flow. Start by breaking down the problem and give your full attention to one task at a time. As you tick the items off your list, you will feel more in the zone and more motivated and inspired to carry on.