“In the flow-like state, we exercise control over the contents of our consciousness rather than allowing ourselves to be passively determined by external forces.” - Mihlay Czikszentmihalyi
I’m fascinated by human performance and last week I took Flow Club for a test run. I ended up doing five one-hour sessions over the course of five days. (Note: I'm writing this essay during a flow club session.)
Here's what I think
Flow club fits in the most important part of getting and maintaining flow: the doing part.
Czikszentmihalyi has described flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inveitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
Flow.club has created the space for me to get into flow in a way that support the other things I do to support getting in flow. They are creating space for 6-8 people who all desire to move their own ball forward on a specific task. Regardless of who is leading the Flow Club session, we state our desired objective, get to work for the allotted time, and then share our outcomes of the session.
You then do one more thing: as us to share on a scale of 1-10 how much into flow we were.
I like the framework: it's simple and it seems to be working.
I think the group element of flow.club is smart. I think the focus-oriented music is smart. During my test sessions I got essays written and tasks organized.
In one case I was actually surprised how much progress I made in the 50 minutes (I thought it would have taken me 4X longer).
I think the work Ricky, David, and the FC team are doing goes to show the need for flow in the lives of many people today.
Overall - I like the feel for the sessions and want to keep exploring flow with them.
If you want an invite I've got a few available. Just drop me a note.
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