This morning at work I was handed a pretty challenging task. I’ll spare you the details (they’re unimportant to the story, and probably uninteresting to most folks, anyway [*wink*]); suffice to say at 7:20 am my mind said, “Crap. Stef, you’re screwed.” But after a few moments of wondering how in the heck I was going magically create something fantastic out of very little raw material, I said (literally, out loud): “You know what? I can do this. I can do this.” And in that moment something shifted and quite tangibly changed, and I began working on the task at hand.
By mid-morning I had a rough draft completed, and was feeling pretty good. It was starting to come together…
I took a quick break for lunch, then resumed the project at 1:15 pm. I plugged along, and after about 20 minutes or so I started to feel a little hungry. Hmm, that’s odd. I looked up, and saw that the time was 3:15 pm! Holy crimony! I had been working on this project for two full hours, and it literally felt like a mere 20 minutes.
I had entered the psychological state called “flow”. I enter this domain frequently when I’m writing (indeed, it’s one of the many reasons I love to blog), but I don’t experience it often at work. Now, don’t misunderstand, I enjoy my job. I work with good people, I get to engage in a variety of tasks, I possess the talents and skills that enable me to be successful at what I do… but I seldom enter this totally absorbed realm at my workplace. But today, I did. And I did so after a semi rocky/uncertain start. How cool is that?
Answer: Pretty darn cool. 😉