Mindweek Mini – Scheduling Update and Thoughts on Flow

Firstly I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who is following, reading and sharing the blog. It means a lot to have this support and I’ve really enjoyed hearing about some of the things I’ve helped inspire people to do. Please keep feedback and comments coming!

Today I want to let you know about some changes I’m making to the frequency and nature of the posts on here. The ‘Midweek Mini’ will be replaced by a couple of slightly longer and more detailed posts at the start and end of the week and the longer form posts will come every couple of weeks rather than weekly.

The thinking behind this is that it will allow me to cover more topics in reasonable detail and elaborate on the most interesting and helpful stuff with less time pressure to put out 2000+ words a week. We’ll see how we get on though!

The other topic I wanted to broach with you today is flow. I’m not talking about flow in the sense of what Biggie, Eminem and Jay Z can do with their mouths, I’m talking about a concept that has been around for thousands of years.

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Flow is described by the man who literally wrote the book on it, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, as “A state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter”.

Those who have achieved a state of Flow report that it produces a feeling of intense concentration, effortlessness and control. They say they get immediate feedback on the task at hand with a reduced sense of time passing and any self-doubt or self-consciousness disappear. Sounds nice doesn’t it?

I’ve been aware of Flow in this sense for a while but keep hearing more and more about how it has helped sports stars, business people and artists get ‘in the zone’ and tap in to unrealised potential to maximise their performance.

As I’ve heard it talked about more and more, I’ve gotten more and more interested. The more I learn about it, the more interested I get. I’ll go in to more detail on this in my next post.

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Ben Burrell-Squires

I’m just trying to stay out of trouble.

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