Achieving Flow in the Workplace

Karen Mosier, University of Saskatchewan

Have you ever noticed how the time just seems to fly by when you are total engrossed in what you are doing? Have you ever thought about why some days you have super concentration and thing after thing gets done almost effortlessly and at other times you just can’t seem to focus and the time seems to drag on? Flow occurs when you are focused entirely on what you are doing and you feel energized, and even joyful, about what you are doing. Have you ever thought about what you can do to promote greater flow in your workplace?

Here are some great ways to help you achieve flow at work:

  • Choose tasks or activities that you really love to do
  • Choose important tasks that will make a long-term impact on your career and life
  • Have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve
  • Choose tasks or activities that are a good match for your skill set
  • Have a sense of personal control over the situation
  • Make sure the task is challenging but not too hard
  • Practice to learn how to focus on a task for as long as possible
  • Sustain your focus by clearing away distractions
  • Find your quiet peak performance working time(s)
  • Take breaks to promote better productivity
  • Give yourself permission to get lost in what you are doing and enjoy yourself

By incorporating some of these simple strategies into our work day we can improve our chances of experiencing flow resulting in improved productivity and happiness at work.


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