Who remembers the feeling of flow? The feeling that everything went smoothly and time passed by without even being aware of it. Yes, on the ski slope or during a round of golf …. but at work? In the last blog we saw that our attention span is getting shorter and shorter and brings our flow experience in the alarm zone.
The experience of flow is based on a couple of criteria: we are 100% focussed on the job at hand, we get direct feedback from our performance, and we exercise at a level that is within our reach (or, even better, just that little bit outside our comfort zone).
Flow is a state of mind, an experience of intense happiness. Flow is the optimal experience of a moment. Another example of flow is the surgeon while performing an surgery: 100% focussed but at the same time relaxed and aware of what’s going on.
The concept of ‘ flow ‘ comes from the psychologist and Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He is one of the founders of positive psychology.
During our daily activities, however, our attention is fragmented over many, many things: mails in our inbox, text messages coming in, customers calling for our attention, employees with urgent questions, reports to be prepared, etc. You can ask yourself if a flow-experience is still feasible for a busy manager in this hectic environment. We do think so! But surprisingly enough, this again requires training. We all are so productive (we like to say, of course) that we need to train our attention. This is one of the topics in our Executive Coachings and Workshops: helping leaders to regain their focus. Please let us know if you need more information.