New research is helping athletes engineer their own flow state Whether you are an athlete, writer, or artist, there is no better place to be than in the zone—fully immersed in your activity, with lazer-like focus. Psychology researchers call this flow. In his cult classic book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, philosopher Robert… Continue reading
Flow States and Creativity When it comes to creativity two facts are clear. First, it tops nearly every “Twenty First Century Skills” list ever made. The skills our children need to thrive in the future? According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills—a collection of 250 researchers at 60 institutions—creativity. The quality most desirable in… Continue reading
Flow Makes Life Better—So Go with It (Here’s How) The first time I experienced flow occurred during my high school geometry final exam. I’d never been a math person, but something about the tangible shapes, lines and corners made sense to me. I remember steadily writing the formulas, finishing problem after problem, flipping the page… Continue reading
3 Psychological Strategies to Increased Productivity If you’ve ever lost an afternoon to a great conversation or become so involved in a work project that all else was forgotten, then you’ve definitely tasted the experience of flow. In flow, we are so focused on the task at hand that everything else falls away. Action and… Continue reading
The science behind peak human performance Why HR departments should take a cue from extreme adventure sports to help employees become more productive. Know that sensation when you’re working out or cranking on a project, and time starts to pass quickly, distractions melt away, and you feel like you’re in the zone? It’s a real… Continue reading