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Flow – Being in the Zone
How To Forget to Eat, Sleep, and Poop
By: Terry Ng
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
What is flow?
What is flow?
• Time passes by more quickly
What is flow?
• All your attention is dedicated to the task
• You lose the notion of “self”
What is flow?
• The best moments of your life
What is flow?
• Growth
Flow vs relaxation
• “Flow occurs when either a person’s body or mind is stretched to its
limits in a voluntary effort to ...
How to achieve flow – select a challenge
• A challenge matched appropriately with skill level
How to achieve flow – clarify goals
• Make it as unambiguous as possible
1) be the first sprinter to run pass the finish l...
How to achieve flow – get immediate
feedback
• Flow occurs when you are receiving a constant stream of feedback
suggesting...
How to achieve flow – concentrate
• Where is your attention directed?
10% on how good you’re doing
10% on if you are even ...
How to achieve flow – lack of worry
• Let the worst happen and prove to yourself that it’s not bad
So why is it hard to achieve flow?
• Initial investment of energy and attention
• Threat against self
Universal flow activities: socializing
• Why? They are forced to continually invest their attention at the
other person, n...
Universal flow activities: reading
• Why?
Flow during free time
• With our free time, we lack a clear purpose like we have at work
• Americans spend more free time ...
Flow at work
• Surprisingly, more flow is experienced at work than during free time
• So why do we hate work?
So what can you do now?
• Whatever you are pursuing now, considering setting your own intrinsic
goals and metrics that all...
THANKS
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  1. 1. Flow – Being in the Zone How To Forget to Eat, Sleep, and Poop By: Terry Ng
  2. 2. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  3. 3. What is flow?
  4. 4. What is flow? • Time passes by more quickly
  5. 5. What is flow? • All your attention is dedicated to the task • You lose the notion of “self”
  6. 6. What is flow? • The best moments of your life
  7. 7. What is flow? • Growth
  8. 8. Flow vs relaxation • “Flow occurs when either a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile” • The activity may not be pleasant i.e. your legs ache during a marathon
  9. 9. How to achieve flow – select a challenge • A challenge matched appropriately with skill level
  10. 10. How to achieve flow – clarify goals • Make it as unambiguous as possible 1) be the first sprinter to run pass the finish line vs 2) be a successful entrepreneur
  11. 11. How to achieve flow – get immediate feedback • Flow occurs when you are receiving a constant stream of feedback suggesting you are doing all right
  12. 12. How to achieve flow – concentrate • Where is your attention directed? 10% on how good you’re doing 10% on if you are even competent enough 20% on whether you should be doing something else 5% on if people are judging you right now 55% on the task
  13. 13. How to achieve flow – lack of worry • Let the worst happen and prove to yourself that it’s not bad
  14. 14. So why is it hard to achieve flow? • Initial investment of energy and attention • Threat against self
  15. 15. Universal flow activities: socializing • Why? They are forced to continually invest their attention at the other person, no time to wonder about other things • Flow is noticeably experienced when somebody brings up an awesome topic or a common goal
  16. 16. Universal flow activities: reading • Why?
  17. 17. Flow during free time • With our free time, we lack a clear purpose like we have at work • Americans spend more free time on activities that are less likely to produce flow i.e. T.V. • Games and sports have clearly defined rules and goals
  18. 18. Flow at work • Surprisingly, more flow is experienced at work than during free time • So why do we hate work?
  19. 19. So what can you do now? • Whatever you are pursuing now, considering setting your own intrinsic goals and metrics that allow for an ongoing stream of feedback • Follow the “do-something” principle • Read on the beach
  20. 20. THANKS

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