Podcast EP 11 – Video Games and Engaging Flow at Work

Episode 11 of the ClassicallyTrained podcast is based on the article I wrote for FastCompany- Inspiration From Video Games To Get Into A Flow State At Work – you can read it HERE.

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Video games are often cited as one of the most quickly accessed sources of flow. Achieving a state of flow is part of what makes playing video games so enjoyable.

“The state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it,”

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Here are five ways that you can engage flow at work:

  1. Minimize Visual Distractions

If you can see it, it should relate directly to what you are doing.

  1. Select The Soundtrack

The ideal works are sweeping orchestral pieces that fit the bill for being both pleasing to listen to and are noninvasive.

  1. Enforce Time Limits

The presence of a time-tracking system also allows for better management of time resources, and can help keep a project on track. The motivation produced is as important as the evasion of procrastination.

  1. Create Multiple Stages

Take the concept of breaking work into segments to the next level.

  1. Reward Yourself for Success

Another important key to productivity is recognition. Video games are especially good at rewarding and recognizing positive behaviors and results.

I hope you find this way of thinking about how to engage flow at work, or any task you face, helpful.

What tips do you have for making work more like a game?