Too much pressure, boredom, feeling out of depth.
These are not the feelings we enjoy when we’re at work.
We enjoy things when they are the right amount of challenge. When they propel us forward and give us a sense of achievement, but don’t threaten to overwhelm us. Nor can we stomach stretches of inactivity where we feel underutilised and pinned to our desk without anything to do.
We need to feel useful and activated in the work place. Purpose and fulfilment propel us forward towards job satisfaction. They satiate the desire for accomplishment. They make us happy.
It’s the right amount of pressure and challenge coupled with enough room to feel as though we’re in control that really creates the best scenario.
But flow isn’t always freely available. We have to answer to deadlines, bosses, customers, suppliers- you name it, there’s always someone who wants a piece of you.
So how do you encourage flow in the workplace? Try these ideas on for size.
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Humans get a big kick out of being useful. We get a sense of accomplishment and joy from crossing finishing lines, seeing things grow, and putting our creative talents to good use.
When we’re constantly over-challenged or under-achieving, we lose a little bit of our happiness. And the more it happens, the unhappier we will get.
Just remember, how you manage your time is ultimately up to you. Not the deadline. Not the boss. Not the guy who won’t stop interrupting, or the person who loves having a problem they expect you to fix.
So keep control of how you feel by making sure you and your brain, emotional state and intellect, are all working together.
And enjoy the difference!
After growing up in a dusty farming district where happy moments were few and far between, Rebekah packed a bunch of books and headed off in pursuit of education, the sea and a sense of anonymity that simply can’t be found in a town of 200.
Keenly aware she was an outsider, Rebekah attempted to discover happiness via five universities, island living, and all the wrong kind of activities before she triumphantly discovered she was potentially the happiest marketing nerd alive.
Rebekah has carved out a career through connecting people. She spent over seven years working in the dating industry, has worked agency-side in the tough Asian advertising world, and now freelances in marketing and content creation for community, social enterprise and startup ideas.
When she isn’t listening to prog and post rock as it pours out of her partner’s guitar, she’s connecting women as the Head of Disruption for Discordia Zine, marketing and writing as Unashamedly Creative, advocating for freelancer happiness via the Freelance Jungle, or being reminded that life is random, creative and silly by her Labrador, Gibson.
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