Get In The Zone: How To Increase Your 'Flow' And Be More Productive At Work

31 October 2019 By Eleni Antonaropoulou

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When you work in iGaming, the pace of change means that productivity is key. Finding your 'flow' is critical for hitting deadlines, overcoming challenges and (crucially) enjoying your work. Here's our take on getting yourself in the zone.

Have you ever completely immersed yourself in a task, where you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you lose all sense of time? You feel intellectually and creatively stimulated, and yet somehow you find the task effortless, even enjoyable. In this state, you’re hyper-productive and are able to produce your best work. 

If that sounds familiar, you may have experienced “flow”, the term that psychologists use for being ‘in the zone’. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi popularised the term after the publication of his 1990 book “Flow”, defining flow as “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.”

People experience flow across a range of activities –painting, music, sport, reading, writing, or even (if you’re so inclined) working on an Excel spreadsheet. Sadly, flow doesn’t happen to us nearly often enough at work – one study suggests that business professionals are in a state of flow less than 5% of the time. And yet, it’s when we’re doing our best and most enjoyable work. So what can you do to increase the amount of flow in your work life?

5 Tips to find your flow

1. Set yourself up

To achieve flow, you need to set yourself up for optimum performance. What environment inspires you and makes you most creative? Does music help you work? It’s important to stop anything that could distract you, so turn the TV off, put your phone in another room and make sure you’re comfortable.

2. Timing is everything

You can’t get in the flow if you know you’ll have to leave soon to get to an important meeting or appointment. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to focus on the task at hand. Pick your time of day too: you’ll know if you’re most productive in the morning, or if you do your best work late at night. 

3. Pick a task to suit your skills

Flow is a state of high challenge and high skill, so it’s a fine balance to strike. The difficult level needs to be challenging, so you keep your focus, but not so difficult that the task feels overwhelming. ​

4. Set Clear Goals

Part of the satisfaction of flow comes with the knowledge that you are making measurable progress in your activity. Before you get started, set yourself some goals and continuously feedback so you are able to see your progress in achieving the task at hand. ​

5. Focus on the task, not the result

Although it’s good to be able to see your progress, your focus shouldn’t be the end goal. Forget expectations of being ‘goal orientated’, and instead, immerse yourself in the present and be conscious and deliberate in your work. Let go of expectations and extrinsic rewards (eg ‘once I complete this bit of work, I’m free to do XYZ’).  Focus on enjoying the activity for its own sake; that’s what flow is about.  

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