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Flow State (Psychology)

It's the most efficient state when doing a task.
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Zettelkasten, January 28, 2021
## Notes - Is a mental state in which a person is performing an activity: - fully immersed; - high focus; - full involvement and enjoyment. - It's the most efficient state when doing a task. - Lose awareness of all other things. - The person may lose the sense of time. - Named by [Mihály Csíkszentmihályi](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihaly_Csikszentmihalyi) in 1975. - Three conditions have to be met to achieve a flow state: 1. Clear goals and progress. 1. Clear and immediate feedback. 1. The task difficult must match the person's skill level. - If task difficult < person skill: boredom. - If task difficult = person skill: **flow**. - If task difficult > person skill: anxiety. - According to [Mihály Csíkszentmihályi](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihaly_Csikszentmihalyi), we can process about 110 bits of information per second. - Person in flow state decided to use all these bits on the task. - There is no more attention to be allocated. ## References - [Flow (psychology)](<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)>) - [Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Flow, the secret to happiness](https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_flow_the_secret_to_happiness/transcript?language=en) ## Backlinks - [Skydiving Terminal Velocity](/skydiving-terminal-velocity) - [No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs](/books/no-b-s-time-management-for-entrepreneurs) - [Last Mile in a Software Project](/last-mile-in-a-software-project) - [The 90-90 Rule](/zettel/the-90-90-rule)
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