#290 How to Overcome Creative Blocks and Get Into Flow State with Dan Clark
Creative blocks are every creative visionary’s nightmare.
When you’re using your creativity to make money – something we’re very passionate about at F&TA – you can’t always afford to hit a creative block. But if you do… there are ways around it.
Dan Clark is the CEO of Brain.fm and is just as passionate as I am about helping entrepreneurs hone their productivity so they can get more done in less time.
His company, Brain.fm, develops functional music directly optimized for its effects on behavior to help you achieve desired mental states such as focus or sleep.
It might sound strange, but I use it all the time and it’s truly incredible how much it helps me stay focused and undistracted.
This science-first approach to music is intended to help you unlock your “flow state.”
What Is A Flow State?
You know how sometimes when you’re working something magical happens and you get so absorbed in whatever you’re doing that it doesn’t feel like work anymore?
That’s your flow state. Dan describes it as the opposite of a creative block. It’s when you’re hyper-focused and work comes effortlessly.
The problem is, most business owners don’t have time to wait around for their flow state to strike. We have deadlines, to-do lists, and people relying on us.
Dan’s mission with Brain.fm is to make that flow state achievable with the press of a button.
The Perfect Environment for Focus
The way to “unlock” your flow state is through your environment.
It’s not always easy to get into a state of focus, but being in the right setting can make all the difference.
And of course, music is one of the most effective ways to elevate your environment and help you get in the zone.
Boost Your Productivity
Dan is a strong believer in the power of habits.
It’s hard to output creativity on an ongoing basis. Building a routine of productivity, or at least trying to, really does help.
Dan’s morning routine usually looks a little something like this:
- Wake up
- Drink coffee
- Turn on Brain.fm
- Start with some reflective journaling
- Dive into a 90-minute focus session
This sets the tone for the rest of the day and gives him an opportunity to get some tasks off his plate early. What would your focus-centered routine look like?
To learn more about the science behind Brain.fm, listen to the full episode above!