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Book : Flow
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Read : Jul 28, 2017

I've read about Flow from productivity and psychology books. Decided it was time to get the full version from the man himself now ;-) Listened to the audiobook.

  • Flow : experiences where we lose track of time, especially at
  • challenging work that we're good at
  • Mindless relaxation isn't very restful
  • If we were to think of our mind as not just a problem solving tool
  • but as an organ of enjoyment, there will be whole new opportunities for flow
  • Some surgeons get addicted to doing surgery that they get the shakes
  • when they go on vacation. I see the parallels with some programmers I know. While this is great, this can result in workaholism.
  • Communication skills for navigating conflicting goals (like in
  • workplace) helps remove obstacles to flow
  • Working in flow state can be addictive. Prevent workaholism by
  • getting flow out of a variety of activities, not just one.
  • Small immediate goals can turn even boring tasks into something
  • exciting.

    For life theme:
  • have overarching goals
  • develop skills to achieve them
  • do each action in accordance with the goals

Autotelic - having meaning and purpose in itself

    For autotelic personality, you need to develop the ability:
  1. to find goals even in activities that don't seem to have it
  2. to be aware and flexible in your attention
  3. to develop and apply skills
The world's foremost producer of personal development and motivational audio programs gives you the tools to unleash the secret of peak performance. Remember the last time that you were so focused, so motivated that you felt at the absolute top of your form -- alert, energized and free of self-consciousness? Chances are you were experiencing flow -- an almost euphoric state of concentration and complete involvement. Now, esteemed psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals how you can achieve this state of mind at will -- and turn everyday experience into a moment by moment opportunity for joy and self-fulfillment. Drawing on over 30 years of breakthrough research into what makes people satisfied, he explains the key elements of the flow experience
Average Rating:
4.10 / 5
303 pages
Source: Goodreads