Bleiben Sie in Bewegung!

Go with the flow in the office

Wir sind von Natur aus auf Leistung programmiert, wir müssen nur in den sogenannten „Flow-Zustand“ gelangen. Lesen Sie, wie Sie das erreichen und diesen Zustand im Sekretariat anwenden.

The psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor and former chairman of the Department of Psychology at Chicago University, has dedicated his life’s work to the study of what makes people truly happy and fulfilled. He is chiefly known for his notion of ‘flow’, a state of being completely involved in an activity.

When you are “in the flow” you have a sensation of heightened control, you are fully concentrated on the task you are doing, your actions become effortless and time seems to stand still. In this state you use your skills to the utmost,
he says.


How to find the flow

According to Csikszentmihalyi (which is pronounced chick-sent-me-high-ee), we can get into the flow more easily when we face challenges that are  slightly higher than normal, when we can give a little more than usual.
The important word here is slightly – because being seriously over-challenged will not put us in the flow but will cause stress. But we also suffer stress when we are under-challenged


Are you under-challenged?

Watch out for negative signs. Are you up to your neck in routine tasks? Do you have nothing really interesting to do? Are you bored a lot of the time? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may be in a rut, but you are definitely not in the flow.  


How to find the right balance

If you can’t manage with the amount of work you have to do, or if it is simply too difficult, talk to your boss and find a solution. If you are dying of boredom,  speak up for yourself and ask for some responsible tasks. It is vital that you find the level that suits you best.
Tip: The best way to get into theflow is to concentrate on the task
in hand – whatever that may be – as hard as possible. 


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