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The Flow State… and How Flow Can Help You Work Effectively

Have you ever had the experience of being so focused on what you are doing that time just flows past without you even noticing? That is a flow state.

The psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, first described flow states, and they are a powerful tool for effective working and high levels of personal productivity.

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This video is part of course module number 1.6.1
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 1: Effective Working

Relevant videos in the same section as this video include:
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– The Power of Habits: Productivity through Effective Working
https://youtu.be/kXmz_E8yUGw
– Organization: How to Enhance Your Productivity by Being Organized
https://youtu.be/2eUYH0z2yiQ
– Planning, Preparation, and Follow-up: Effective Working for Better Productivity
https://youtu.be/XZUCfd9xov0
– Use your Energy Cycles for More Effective Working and Greater Productivity
https://youtu.be/q_s0FkWISLo
– Wellbeing: What to do to Increase Your Productivity
https://youtu.be/dkJEtKSR_Yw
– Milestones and Deadlines for Self-Motivation and Greater Productivity
https://youtu.be/hH7w-Fwa_uU
– Failure of Multitasking: The Multitasking Myth
https://youtu.be/IEN_hP9dtIM
– Special Time: and How to Use it to Work Effectively
https://youtu.be/PNN0ybt32TA
– The Flow State… and How Flow Can Help You Work Effectively
https://youtu.be/8uBamPRhc4E

LESSON NOTES
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is an academic psychologist. He specializes in Positive Psychology. His book, ‘Flow, the Psychology of Happiness’ (https://geni.us/sKXY), describes the flow state. More helpfully, it also tells us how we can enter flow states. This means we can use them to create the conditions for maximum personal productivity.

A Flow State is the optimum experience for a human being. Flow is a state of happiness.

Csikszentmihalyi says:
‘In theory, any job could be changed so as to make it more enjoyable by following the prescriptions of the flow model’

You can transform your work into work that can trigger a flow state by setting up three conditions:

1. Balance skill vs challenge
2. Clear goals
3. Immediate feedback

RECOMMENDED EXERCISE
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1. Lok for opportunities to transform mundane, dull, even unpleasant tasks in your life into flow state activities Take the first one out for a test-drive. (2 MC CPD Points)

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RECOMMENDED READING
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For this video, the book to read is: ‘Flow, the Psychology of Happiness’
https://geni.us/sKXY

I’ll be as modest as I can. I’m something of an expert on effective working, personal productivity, & time management, with 4 best-selling books by 3 international publishers:
– The Time Management Pocketbook
https://geni.us/gHa4
– How to Manage Your Time
https://geni.us/Cpvp
– Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
https://geni.us/H7GDizc
– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more
https://geni.us/yhF90n

And here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, & time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
https://geni.us/Zulp
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
https://geni.us/vNtXd4
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
https://geni.us/JxTY
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating
https://geni.us/48Y1LlC

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Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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