Flow Needs Work
True Fun occurs when we experience the confluence of three states: playfulness, connection and flow.* The more often you find yourself in one or two of these three states, the more fulfilled and happy you’re likely to be; when all three happen at once, you’re having a moment of True Fun.By figuring out which of these states come the most (and least) naturally to you, you can begin to make changes in your habits and behaviors to increase the likelihood that you’ll have True Fun.*Flow is a term psychologists use to describe the feeling of being completely engaged in your present experience, often to the point that you lose track of time. If you want to have more True Fun, it is absolutely essential that you work on your ability to slip into flow. Simply put, flow is a state of total absorption. This means that anything that distracts you will prevent you from getting into a state of flow — and therefore will prevent you from having fun, end stop. Multitasking and distractions are probably the two top factors interfering with people’s ability to experience flow and have True Fun—but thankfully, we all have the ability to change our habits, starting right now.So take a few moments today to make some changes. Start by paying attention to how often you are pulled out of the activity—or conversation—at hand, and make a note of what is responsible for the distraction. If some of the distractions are coming from your phone (which, let’s be honest, they probably are!), adjust your notification settings so that you only receive notifications that you actually want to receive—and consider setting your phone to vibrate so that other people aren’t disturbed. Create some no-phone zones in your house (top suggestions include your bedroom, kitchen and dining room). And commit to trying not to multitask—especially when you are around other people (including kids). In other words, make a point of trying to be present—and see what a difference it makes in your ability to enjoy what you’re doing, and to have True Fun. Want to learn more?The Power of Fun contains a step-by-step plan designed to help you build more playfulness, connection and flow into your life—and therefore have more fun!