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What Is Your Best Day?

But what if you could know exactly what your best day would be and you could decide whether you wanted that to be the morning, afternoon and evening when you were most productive, or the middle of the day when it was easiest to fall into that pattern? I believe there is an answer to this question. I believe in a state of flow.

But what if you could know exactly what your best day would be and you could decide whether you wanted that to be the morning, afternoon and evening when you were most productive, or the middle of the day when it was easiest to fall into that pattern? I believe there is an answer to this question. In a moment, I’d like to explore how I think this could work and the reasons behind it. But first, I want to describe a moment in time that I think is very relevant here: My birthday. I’d never thought of my birthday as a bad day until recently. Until this month, for all intents and purposes, I don’t remember the date or even whether it was the day I was born or the day I was the oldest of three kids.

But what if you could know exactly what your best day would be and you could decide whether you wanted that to be the morning, afternoon and evening when you were most productive, or the middle of the day when it was easiest to fall into that pattern? We will start by looking at how your brain produces energy. Your brain has two sides called the gray and the white. The grey part of your brain is active before you do any kind of thinking or learning. The white part of your brain is active during the rest of the day to consolidate all the work you’ve been doing. This is the part of your brain that would have been in “flow” that day.

When I was a kid, my Dad wanted to teach me how to make fire. He showed me how to put together a fire and said “if this isn’t in the oven tomorrow, we’ll never have a fire.” I thought, what a weird guy! So I set out to do what he said but it didn’t work out. Eventually I just gave up. I don’t think I ever even knew there were any alternatives. I suppose I thought there were and that I would have to learn and eventually become like my dad. 

Later, when I was old enough to go to a real fire, I made my first fire. I lit a candle and I held it there in the candle holder for a long, long time. The flame shot upwards and burnt through everything. It went through windows and out the side of the building. It didn’t burn up in a big cloud of ash and go out of sight like some things do with a candle. No. It went up and went out the window. This is a burning candle. Why? The flame was going towards the ceiling. The ceiling is hot and the window is cool, so the flame went up for a very long time. And then it just went out. There were no sparks and the flame just disappeared. I was completely and utterly and utterly baffled!  But as I grew up, I learned that in the fire world, there are also two kinds of fires. One burns up and out of sight while burning up and out of sight is what we call low and slow. Another fires up and burns up and out of sight to an even greater extent. And the second one is what is commonly referred to as high and fast. 

When I was a kid, I learned that high and fast fires didn’t burn out and that they didn’t go out of sight. They could really burn you for a long time because they burned up everything you had just started to build. And that’s what you have to do to get a real “flow” day from the brain. But what could you do with a flow day instead? Well of course, you could build a house of cards. Or if you had a few cards available from yesterday, you can set all kinds of fire in those. Or a really big flame that goes on for as long as it possibly can! Maybe you could even make something like woodchips that burn all night without having to take even small steps and to make your fire go out quickly and smoothly.