By | Daniel Todd | www.entrepreneur.com
If you love what you do, you’ve likely had this experience: You sit down to complete a task, and to your surprise when you finally finish, hours have passed, you’ve missed multiple calls and you feel something close to bliss. In those hours, you entered the “flow” state and, as employers, we should do everything we can to encourage it in our employees.
As defined by the psychologist who coined the term, flow is “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”
While the state of flow sounds nice in theory, how do we actually create an environment that allows us to get there? We cannot expect 100% of our employees to find their flow without intention, just as we cannot sail on a day without wind or in a storm that might capsize us. As employers, we have to work to create the conditions that enable flow and arm employees with the proper equipment they need to find it.
Whether you work from home or in the office, if you’re in an environment where you are constantly distracted (whether it be by your children, your coworkers or even your phone), you’re not going to enter flow. That being said, we cannot magically snap our fingers and make all distractions go away. We have to actively set ourselves up in a space that protects our concentration and leaves room for flow, even if that environment only lasts for an hour.