What is it?
Something that is easy to do?
Something that just happens?
Something that we can lose as easily as we can gain?
We are often told to focus more on things but it’s not as easy as just focussing on that one thing when we have so much going on in our lives and we are trying to juggle numerous balls and plates!
Let’s quickly dip into the topic of Focus and find out how progressing into a state of Flow can help enhance our focus, both in the workplace and in every day life.
It is said that depression is often triggered when we are thinking about things in the past and anxiety is triggered when we are worrying about things in the future.
Our minds spend a lot of time thinking about what’s been or what’s coming and this means we forget to appreciate the present moment.
How do you feel right now? What can you see, feel, hear, taste and smell? By engaging all your senses you become mindful of the ‘now’ and this increases your focus, allowing you to increase your performance level.
When we focus on the activity we are engaging in and the challenge meets the level of enjoyment we enter what is termed as a state of “flow”.
This can happen to us at work – when the challenge of the task we are undertaking matches how much we are enjoying the task in hand. This is when work become effortless and enjoyable and often when we give our best performances.
According to the psychologist who developed Flow Theory, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow is: “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter.” This state of flow then allows for greater focus, which in turn keeps the
mind sharp and us more mentally fit.
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