In our last article on flow, we introduced you to the concept of flow. But, how do you recognize it? This has been widely researched, not the least by American psychologist and, arguably, the father of flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In this article, published by Huffington Post, ten characteristics of flow are listed.
Enter a state of flow
Here is some good news. You do not need to learn them by heart. When you enter a state of flow, you will know and feel it.
- You have clear goals that you want to achieve.
- You can concentrate and focus.
- Your activity is intrinsically rewarding.
- You lose your self-consciousness.
- You lose track of time.
- You can immediately judge your progress and get feedback.
- You know that your skills align with the goals of your task.
- You control the situation and the outcome.
- You are not aware of physical needs.
- You focus completely on what you are doing.
Micro-flow is ok too
In an ideal world, we would always have all ten characteristics in place, but we all know how hard that is, if not impossible. Luckily, we can enter what is known as a micro-flow too. While not as fantastic as a full flow, it is a good start—and quite enjoyable.
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Read more about flow, and how to find it, in our series of articles