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May 05, 2019 19:11:57

Re: Flow state in a box

by @haideralmosawi PATRON | 308 words | 🐣 | 133💌

Haider Al-Mosawi

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Parent post: Flow state in a box

When it comes to productivity, flow is the holy grail all those who wish to become productive (productivists?) aspire to achieve. The thought of flow-on-demand, as @keni describes in her post, would be a wonderful achievement. While I don't claim to have achieved this, but there is something I do that increases my chances of achieving flow.

But first: what is flow?

Flow is the state of being immersed in the task you're doing that you lose all sense of time and self. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced: cheek-sent-me-hi) popularized the notion and has shown that it is achieved based on two factors:

1- Our skill level (Competence)

2- The difficulty of the task (Challenge)

If a task is too difficult, we feel Anxious.

If a task is too easy, we feel bored.

If a task feels challenging but doable, we enter the state of flow.

Flow is feeling confident and being competent.

You don't doubt your abilities. In fact, you don't entertain thoughts about yourself. One of the biggest challenges we face is silencing our incessant minds, which constantly question and doubt our abilities.

Flow is experienced in the now. It is not about examining the past or expectations of the future.

All that exists is you and the task. Nothing else.

To increase your chances of flow, it helps to:

  • Abandon thoughts about yourself
  • Immerse yourself in the moment (this is why music can help)
  • Adjust the difficulty of the task so that it's challenging, but doable. You can adjust up (making it more difficult or challenging), or adjust down (making it easier to achieve, such as focusing on a small part of the task or learning before doing)

We have to realize that flow is a state of mind, and the better we are at cultivating this positive, present mental state, the better we will be at achieving flow.


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    @haideralmosawi - we're both about to achieve #teamstreak -- it wouldn't happen without flow.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 05, 2019 10:11:30
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      @brianball Yes, most days I was in flow when writing my 200wads. Looking forward to finally joining #teamstreak, @brandonwilson! :D

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 05, 2019 20:50:36
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      @haideralmosawi @brianball I’ve been watching you both 👀 Vacuuming the red carpet.....

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 05, 2019 11:21:54
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      @brianball @brandonwilson I just hope this doesn't inflate my ego too much and I end up wearing a crown wherever I go and have someone carry a throne for me. #yourEgoAintYourAmigo

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 05, 2019 21:43:16
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      @haideralmosawi @brandonwilson - red carpet eh?

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 05, 2019 12:13:55
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