“I hate paying bills,” she says. “But what I love to do is go online and check my bank balances and all my accounts for my investments and savings. I love analyzing where all the money went, checking stocks, reading finance books to figure out what to do with my money, taking notes and writing up plans. It's my favorite Sunday activity and I do it for hours. It's very calming.” Who knew?
After a long day of working, exercising and ahem—financial planning—often the last thing you want to do is slave away in the kitchen. But before speed dialing Domino’s, consider taking the time to do a little homework and figuring out how flow can actually help you enjoy whipping up meals.
Troiani says much like rotating workouts, it’s as easy as breaking up the monotony of the task. “Try a new recipe,” says Troiani. “Start slow: Go online, research ones that look great and go through the process of gathering the materials and ingredients.” Just keep the slow part top of mind. “Again, if the task is too overwhelming, you won’t enjoy it.”
So for example, if you’re naturally a little more Hamburger Helper than Julia Child, skip the daunting French soufflé and focus on preparing a simple but delicious selection of veggies you’ve never tried before or a new sauce on your usual baked chicken. You may just find yourself going with the flow and enjoying the moment.
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