Yesterday I came across a new writing app called Flowstate. It is a minimalistic word processor with a twist. If you stop typing before the set timer is completed, it erases everything you wrote. It may sound torturous—and perhaps it is. The basic idea is to induce a state of flow by forcing you to concentrate and write from a deeper place without overthinking during the initial writing process.
Several months ago, I read a book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the psychological phenomena he calls “flow.” It was thoroughly fascinating. I fondly remember my days of coding when I would get “in the zone” with my work. It seemed as if time ceased to have any meaningful significance. I was absorbed in the work, thoroughly enjoying it. Sometimes after several hours I would snap out of it only to realize how much I accomplished in what seemed to be a few moments. Occasionally, I’ll experience a similar phenomena in writing, but those moments are less frequent than when coding. Any assistance in getting to that state while writing would be warmly welcomed.
Flowstate is billed as the “most dangerous app.” It’s hyperbole, of course, but there’s a grain of truth to it. The software is a writing and note-taking tool, and it’s a super clean, minimal, and beautiful way to jot down your thoughts, especially on mobile.