Flow Research

Mindfully Applied to the #FutureofWork

Create a Work Environment That Fosters Flow by Steven Kotler > https://hbr.org/2014/05/create-a-work-environment-that-fosters-flow

“Technically defined as an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best…In flow, every action, every decision, arises seamlessly from the last. In this state, we are so focused on the task at hand that all else falls away. Action and awareness merge. Our sense of self vanishes. Our sense of time distorts. And performance goes through the roof.”

“It shows up anywhere, provided certain initial conditions are met — and that includes the world of business.”

“In all our studies of extreme performance improvement,” says John Hagel, co-founder of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, “the people and organizations who covered the most distance in the shortest time were always the ones who were tapping into passion and finding flow.”

“By turbo-boosting learning, motivation and creativity, flow is amplifying the three core competencies required to keep pace with radical change. Yet these dividends don’t come without serious investment. Restructuring businesses around flow means radically altering their DNA, shifting emphasis from mechanistic efficiencies to deep human engagement. Not many companies are up for this challenge. But in an era of relentless progress, making a present tense commitment to flow may be the only way to stay ahead of a breakneck future.”

“Thus, it’s not just that tapping into flow can help an organization keep pace with an exponential world, it’s that there’s a good chance that your competition is already applying these principles and soon — because of the state’s significant amplification of performance and productivity — there may be no other way to keep up.”


Help Your Employees Find Flow by Terri Griffith > https://hbr.org/2014/04/help-your-employees-find-flow

“Still, greater employee freedom can create a better sense of “flow,” which enhances engagement, retention, and performance. This can be achieved by loosening your grip on work practices — but you don’t have to let go completely: remove obstacles, set boundaries and meaningful goals, then let work take its course.”

Flow has been tied to performance by improving concentration and motivation. But when you’re constantly interrupted, it’s hard to find a state of flow. One workplace study found an average of almost 87 interruptions per day (an average of 22 external interruptions and 65 triggered by the person himself). Then, on average, it takes over 23 minutes to get back on task after an interruption, but 18% percent of the time the interrupted task isn’t revisited that day.”


People Who Nap 1-2 Times a Week 48 Percent Less Likely to Have Heart Attack > https://heart.bmj.com/content/early/2019/08/16/heartjnl-2019-314999?rss=1
A 2019 observational study from University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland (tracking 3,462 people for 8 years) found that napping once or twice a week (for between five minutes and an hour) was associated with a 48 percent lower risk of heart attack, stroke or heart failure than those who did not nap.