Completely engaged in what you are doing
You are completely absorbed in your work, you have lost all track of time, and it
all flows effortlessly.
The phrases in the zone, or lost in your work, often refer to flow
- The state of gratification we enter when we feel completely engaged in
what we are doing.
- The absence of emotion or consciousness.
- Absorption, the loss of self-consciousness, and the stopping of time.
- Suspending self-awareness.
The experience of flow has several of these characteristics:
- Clear and attainable goals.
- Concentrating and focusing—a high degree of concentration on a limited
field of attention. A person engaged in the activity will have the
opportunity to focus and to delve deeply into it. People become absorbed in
their activity, and their focus of awareness is narrowed to the
- A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness,
the merging of action and awareness.
- A distorted sense of time, your subjective experience of time is altered.
- Direct and immediate feedback—successes and failures in the course of
the activity are apparent, so that behavior can be rapidly adjusted as
- An appropriate challenge, neither too difficult nor too easy—Competency
- A sense of personal control over the situation or activity.
- The activity is intrinsically
rewarding—action becomes effortless.
- “There is never nothing going on.” ~
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience,
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything,
by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life,
by Todd Kashdan
Fear, Sadness, Anger, Joy, Surprise, Disgust, Contempt,
Anger, Envy, Jealousy, Fright, Anxiety, Guilt, Shame, Relief, Hope, Sadness, Depression, Happiness,
Pride, Love, Gratitude, Compassion, Aesthetic Experience,
Joy, Distress, Happy-for, Sorry-for, Resentment, Gloating, Pride, Shame, Admiration, Reproach,
Love, Hate, Hope, Fear, Satisfaction, Relief, Fears-confirmed, Disappointment, Gratification,
Gratitude, Anger, Remorse,
power, dominance, stature, relationships