On the mental state of “flow” termed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, he offers somewhat of a map to reach to state of flow, with boredom and anxiety being feelings along the way (almost prerequisites?).
Chris Bailey shared a chart from the Flow book. In his own words, it’s a bit hard to understand.
Here’s a simpler table to help guide you to flow state (sorry about words wrapping in the cells):
|How are you feeling?||Bored||Anxious||Flow|
|So, do this:||Turn off distractions||Turn off distractions!||Keep distractions turned off|
|Increase your challenge||Improve your skills||Keep Growing|
- Turn off distractions
- Increase the challenges you’re facing
- Improve your skills so you can take on larger challenges
- Make use of the flow mental state to create your best work