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It’s what we all want, but few of us get.
On a regular basis, anyway.
It’s called “flow,” and with his book (aptly titled Flow)writer/psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (I think I spelled that right) has built a reputation on the concept.
Here’s the idea in a nutshell: We should try to create a sense of “flow”–a happy “in the zone” feeling–in our work. This will not only make work more enjoyable; it will make us more productive, too.
Work, in fact, will begin to feel like play.
But how do you do this? Here’s Mihaly’s “secret sauce,” so to speak:
1. Make your work more challenging. Work that requires skill is more fulfilling.
2. Absorb yourself completely in what you’re doing. Lose your self-consciousness, even.
3. Give yourself clear goals and get frequent feedback on your progress.
4. Have a sense of independence and control at work. (This is a great one, I think. Autonomy is a huge part of why I like working for myself.)
What do you think about these tips? Do you enjoy at least a couple of these “flow factors” at your work? I’d love to hear about it.