Recently, I watched a couple of videos that gave life to some ideas I have been mulling: that the flow state has everything to do with time management.
The flow state is defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as one of high performance that gives an individual an experience that he says is “optimal.” In this state the individual loses track of time as they devote their complete attention to the task at hand. The task itself is an important one that isn’t easy to complete, and requires their full concentration.
Ever since learning about the book, Flow, and its ideas, I have been guided by them. A few years later, they were incorporated into my own time management programs.
Then, a few weeks ago I stumbled across a TED video by Matthew Killingsworth that linked happiness to the kind of unhappiness that comes from mind-wandering.
His article reinforced my thought that good time management can help prevent unhappiness, and promote productivity/happiness.
It led me to re-think the entire foundation of the 2Time labs fundamentals, which were first established back in 2006. Perhaps, in addition to the 11 fundamentals already identified, there is a twelfth – “Flowing.”
Rather than just write about it here on the blog, I decided to put together an interactive video that describes this potentially new development. It has a self-assessment built into it, and even a one-step challenge game, and I wrapped it inside the launch of the new MyTimeDesign Plus+ training to make some broader points.
Here’s the link to the non-interactive video on YouTube if you can’t see the flash interaction below showing how Flowing fits into the 2Time Labs time management program.
The interaction takes about 15 minutes to complete. Enjoy, and please leave a comment below to let me know what you think. (It may take a minute or two to load.)
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