This morning I have been introduced to the concept of “Flow” – being in the zone. It’s far too complex for me to get into fully in a brief email but I thought it was worth flagging up, particularly at this time of year when we often think about what we want to achieve in the next year and things we might need to do in order to succeed.
In brief, being in your ‘flow’ is being in a state whereby you are totally engrossed in what you are doing and you forget about time, hunger and anything else that is happening.
Clearly there are things we need to do every day in life that are mundane and won’t engulf us so much that we are completely satisfied and lose all track of time, but if you don’t often experience that state, it is worth considering the sorts of activities you should be doing more of in order to get in your flow.
There is a TED talk by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi which goes into this in more detail, so if you’ve got 20 minutes to investigate this further then click here. In the meantime, as a brief introduction have a look at the diagram below to see what happens to us when our skill levels and the level of the challenge do not match.