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How to get into flow work

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Keywords: flow, work performance, task absorption, intrinsic motivation, focus, work enjoyment, self-determination theory, personal resources

The feeling of being in flow is one where you have settled into a nice rhythm and cadence of work, are completely immersed, feeling a sense of progression, enjoyment and motivation. When we achieve a state of flow we do not notice the passage of time, as we are wholly focused on the task at hand.

Flow is in effect an optimal or peak experience when our skills match the challenge of the work and we are performing at an optimal level.

The three elements of flow

  1. Total immersion or absorption in a task.
  2. Enjoyment in the work without necessarily being aware of this due to the focus involved.
  3. An underlying and intrinsic sense of motivation. Again, because of the level of focus involved in flow, one may not be aware of this motivation.

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