The 8 Elements of Flow … again.

The 8 Elements of Flow

1. Clarity of goals and immediate feedback. …

2. A high level of concentration on a limited field. …

3. Balance between skills and challenge. …

———- Results in Flow ——— (signs)

The feeling of control. …

Effortlessness. …

An altered perception of time. …

The melting together of action and consciousness. …

The autotelic quality of flow-experiences: IROI. (Autotelic: (of an activity or a creative work) having an end or purpose in itself.)

High performance is normally associated with great strain, the mobilization of all resources and subsequent exhaustion. In flow, however, high performance comes with a sense of ease and enjoyment, followed by a feeling of deep satisfaction. Not only the result of an activity is rewarding but the activity itself is fun. You feel involved in your task; success comes from genuine engagement.

While the first kind of high performance can be necessary for short times of crisis, it can lead to severe burn-out if used on a continuous basis. On the contrary, flow is the model for sustainable work performance. Furthermore, working in flow increases self-assurance and self-confidence and fosters the growth of one’s entire personality.

Growing complexity, turbulent markets and continual acceleration create conditions in which managers are forced with increasing frequency to make decisions within severe time constraints and based on insufficient data. In these situations rational analysis easily betrays its limitations.

The latest research has shown that in complex situations, intuitive decision making is distinctly superior to purely rational procedure in terms of speed and accuracy.

What is the neurobiological foundation of intuitive decisions?

Flow Seminare für Manager – Die Intelligenz des Unbewussten

The intelligence of the unconscious
Every second the brain receives about 11 million bits of information through its senses. A maximum of 40-60 bits per second can be perceived and processed consciously.

Below this threshold your brain is constantly registering, storing and evaluating a vast amount of information and decides what is important and what is unimportant. This reservoir of unconscious intelligence is utilized by intuitive processes.


How can I do this?

1. Clarity of goals and immediate feedback. …
2. A high level of concentration on a limited field. …
3. Balance between skills and challenge. …

1. Athletic game or athletic practice metaphor
2. Playing field: the blog
3. Schedule – two pomodoro “halfs” separated by a break.
4. Touchdown: finished blog post. – one at a time = limited field.
5. Yardage task checklist … “path/process/recipe” = #1 and #2.
6. Challenge: how many touchdowns can I score in each half?

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