In The Flow: How To Master Your Brain’s Peak Productivity

The concept of “flow states”, according to Csikszentmihalyi, is the “mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.” This concept was once thought to be the natural talent found in artists and geniuses, though with future research anyone is capable of channeling a “flow state”. Michael Metcalf at Trello shares how the concept of flow states can help us as business professionals work better in the office. Metcalf explains how flow delivers both enjoyment and challenge in our work and can hugely increase satisfaction and productivity.  He says that anyone involved in contemplative, creative, or thoughtful endeavors can achieve a state of flow, just follow these 4 steps (a more detailed explanation of each step can be found in the original article – link at the end of this article):

  1. Make Sure You’re Focused On The Right Tasks
  2. Practice Makes A Perfect Flow State
  3. Find The Right Environment
  4. Take Care Of Your Creative Health

The flow state is a good challenge for those who struggle finding enjoyment in their jobs as well. While you may think how mundane your every day may be, by sparking creativity and productivity by tapping into your flow state, you may find self satisfaction and enrichment as well.


Original Post by By Michael Metcalf on Trello

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