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In today’s episode you will learn
Flow is a concept created by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist. In his book, Flow: The Pscyhology of Optimal Experience, he states that flow is “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it” (1990). For him, flow is about optimizing happiness and improving performance - which are awesome and useful, and fabulous potential side effects. I’m going to focus on the idea that flow can potentially help you knock out some of your bigger tasks, especially the ones that require creativity.
How would you know if you were in a flow state? My favorite way to know is that I become so immersed in the activity that I lose track of time. I look at the time and somehow an hour has passed and it felt like a minute. It also feels effortless.
Can you think of an experience like this that you’ve had before? Maybe it had nothing to do with work. Here are some examples. Athletes often experience a flow state. Runners, for example, can get lost in the experience.
When I was still running, I would always be training for a half-marathon or some other race. I would have a very specific time and distance goal that I was trying to reach that day. It would be challenging, but I knew I could do it. I would lose track of time, even though I was using time to track my pace. I would become so immersed that I wouldn’t notice the people around me or really where I was going. It would be like when you drive home from work and somehow you are just magically at home.
Other examples of finding flow states can be musicians and artists and writers who get lost in their crafts.
Can you think of an experience like this for you? Something you do now or have done in the past in which you become so immersed that you lose track of time?
There are several steps to create a flow state. I’ve picked three for you to focus on.
Action step: Try it!! Pick a project and try to find a flow state.
Here are a few ways to consider using flow in your business.
Action Step: Try it!! Give it a try. I know I already said this, but you won't know it works until you try it.
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