Finding True Flow at Work

blue-man-ideasOur quality of life largely depends on two factors:

  1. How we experience work
  2. How we experience other people

This is the conclusion of numerous studies on human happiness and meaning. One’s self is largely defined by what happens in these two contexts.

If we have optimal work experiences, we’re more motivated to do good work, which also benefits the organization and our coworkers. Our satisfaction is energizing and self-perpetuating, and it carries over into our home life because we’re in a positive frame of mind.

To improve the quality of life through work, two complementary strategies are necessary:

  1. Jobs should be redesigned so skills levels and challenges are high. This contributes to a more cheerful and active workforce, improved concentration, and greater creativity and satisfaction.
  2. Workers must define and develop self-directing, intrinsic goals. When we learn to recognize opportunities for action, hone our skills, set reachable goals, and immerse our concentration and focus in the present, we become more engaged at work and experience a state of “flow.”

Without these strategies, it’s easy to multitask on autopilot and miss opportunities to excel.

People at all levels report a need for challenges that create flow at work, according to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Challenges must stretch our capacity, without being overwhelming.

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  • Creating Flow at Work
  • How to Create Flow Experiences
  • 4 Steps
  • Taking Control of Flow

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