How can I experience flow at work?

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Ronald Siegel
Psychology
To experience flow at work, try to identify and acknowledge the pleasure you derive from work. Look for moments of engagement and satisfaction on the job. Think and talk about your job in terms of challenge and engagement rather than drudgery and obligation. Encourage your children and loved ones to experience the joy that can occur in work or learning.

Another way to become more engaged and happier at work is to increase the challenge and skill involved in tasks that ordinarily don't result in flow, such as paperwork, filing, or assembly-line work. When doing something you consider boring, can you raise the bar for your performance by setting small goals, adding some mental games, or otherwise enhancing a task that doesn't require your full attention? Inventing your own challenges can also give you a sense of control in a work environment that may otherwise provide little autonomy.

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