Medlin Law Firm - January 2021

How to Find Your Flow in 2021

Is Deep Focus the Secret to Success?

Have you ever started working on an important project and looked up at the clock after what felt like minutes only to find that hours had passed? If you have, you’ve probably experienced “flow state,” aka the Holy Grail of concentration and achievement. What is a flow state? Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes a flow state as a “focus that, once it becomes intense, leads to a sense of ecstasy, a sense of clarity: you know exactly what you want to do from one moment to the other; you get immediate feedback.” That sounds complex, but you can also think of flow as being “in the zone.” And it might be the key to achieving your New Year’s goals. That’s because a flow state almost always coincides with tackling a difficult task, and when you’re in a flow state, even the most challenging things feel relatively easy. Why are high achievers obsessed with flow? Flow state doesn’t only happen for people with desk jobs. You can get it while running, playing chess, dancing, or climbing a mountain, and it’s considered the Holy Grail because it has a host of benefits. According to the meditation app Headspace, those

perks include heightened focus (goodbye, distractions!), a sense of clarity, feelings of happiness and pleasure, and the impression that all obstacles ahead of you have disappeared. That makes accomplishing your goals feel like less of a struggle. It’s no wonder high-achieving hobbyists, workers, and creatives crave the feeling! How can you get in a flow? Usually, a flow state isn’t planned — it just happens. In a BBC article, author Steven Kotler describes flow as “a happy accident.” But he also notes that we can make ourselves “more accident-prone.” To set yourself up for a flow state, find a quiet place to work and choose an activity that’s difficult but meaningful for you. Ideally, it should be something you’ve already put work into perfecting. If you’ve never tried painting before, you probably won’t find flow on your first attempt, but an experienced painter could achieve it while mastering a new technique. Some people claim that being in a flow state is a form of meditation and that learning how to meditate can help you reach it. To that end, apps like Headspace and Evenflow (for iPhones only) are great places to start! Before you know it, you’ll be finding the flow like a pro.


By now, we’ve all realized a common truth: Social media isn’t harmless. However, it’s changed more than just the way we interact with our friends — it’s also affected how criminals interact with us. Now, there are many more threats to be cautious of. At Medlin Law Firm, we’ve noticed four social media crimes that you should be aware of at all times.

be punished as real fraud, as well, depending on the actions the account holder takes.

No. 3: Buying Illegal Things

It should go without saying that buying a new toaster over Facebook Marketplace is perfectly legal, but contacting a drug dealer or buying any other regulated, controlled, or banned products is illegal.

No. 1: Online Threats, Stalking, and Cyberbullying

These are the most commonly reported online crimes, and unfortunately, they often go unpunished or aren’t taken seriously enough. Victims don’t always know when they can call the police, and that’s completely understandable. If you feel threatened by a statement online or aren’t sure if a direct threat is credible, it’s a good idea to consider calling the police.

No. 4: Vacation Robberies

These days, people don’t stalk neighborhood gossip or drive up to empty homes to decide when to rob them. They check social media to see whether or not the resident is on vacation. It’s a highly effective way of telling how far away they are and possibly when they’ll be back. Don’t leave yourself unprotected. Making your social media accounts private can keep your personal information to yourself and only your friends or family. It can help discourage you from ever becoming a victim of these social media crimes!

No. 2: Hacking and Fraud

Logging into your friend’s social media account and posting something embarrassing might be a forgivable prank between friends, but it can also be a serious crime. Creating fake accounts or impersonation accounts can | Pg. 2

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