By: Harrison Wendland, Rengaged’s Content Manager, rating: 4.5/5
How many times have you heard someone say, “time flies when you’re having fun!” ?? Probably quite a few times if we are being honest. Where does it come from? Is it really true?
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Flow is described as being “in the zone” or the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
Here is what I learned about flow and attaining it:
Flow enriches your life. Having goals, paying attention, being in touch with the environment and how your skills can be used effectively increases flow.
One of my biggest takeaways from the book was to experience flow as long as possible by diversifying and beginning to enjoy everything. Time adapts itself to how you feel, sense of time changes during flow.
Washing dishes is not just washing dishes, there are many ways that you can enjoy that. For me personally, being such a competitive person, I strive to finish the dishwashing as fast as possible with the highest amount of quality. I do the same thing for laundry, pumping my gas, reading books, etc. For me, as long as I maintain the highest quality possible, then I am doing well. The balance of quality and quantity for me leans slightly more towards quality, though quantity is extremely important to me and people think that I do things extremely extremely fast.
This built on Ken’s book “The Element” and I actually finished this just 4 days after that last one. These were both audiobooks and I have quite a few bookmarks in each of them. After completion of both of these 6 months ago now, I have progressed so so much. There are many areas in my life that I have applied the ideas from both of these books.
The biggest thing from this book for me was to find enjoyment in life everywhere and look at everything as an opportunity. It has made me more positive and I look at life with a modified set of eyes now. I am very grateful to have put in the time to learn all that I have so far and am blessed to have the ability to share all of that with everyone reading this blog.