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Get in flow for the long haul

You know the feeling: you’re working on a project you fully enjoy, the rest of the world fades away, time slows, and you’re in that zone where everything you do feels… just right. If you’re a work practices geek like me, you’ve probably read a whole book on that experience: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.

But you don’t have to have read the book to get the feeling; flow happens to all of us. Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced Cheek-Sent-Mee-High) and his colleagues found that people in cultures around the world experienced the elusive feeling of flow at all ages during a wide variety of activities. Assembly line workers and retirees, shepherds and teenagers all described a very similar phenomenon. Csikszentmihalyi’s research showed that while it can’t be forced, flow is possible when your attention is focused on achieving realistic but challenging goals – conditions that happen at work, but also in sports and art. And when it is achieved, the rewards are nothing short of joy, transformation, and a sense of completeness. 

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Death & Design: an invitation and a challenge

Today we're announcing the launch of a new project: Death & Design. This is an invitation and challenge to designers to acknowledge the role of mortality in their own work. The website will highlight projects that use design to create meaningful conversations about the end of life. Read more...

Get your team unstuck with Guilt Hour

You know that thing you’ve been meaning to do? The reply to the complex email you’ve been putting off, the phone call you’re dreading, or the task you’re cringing at because the last time through it didn’t go so well? Unless you’re a whole lot more centered than I am, there’s probably a few items like this that serve mostly to make you feel guilty every time you remember that you haven’t done them yet. Read more…

Escaping Pandora's Inbox with LeanMail

Do you check email in the middle of another task? When you're bored or stressed out? Right before bed, or first thing in the morning? When you're waiting for a meeting to start, or for the light to turn green? We did. And last fall, we decided we'd had enough. We developed LeanMail to break our email addiction, and we're sharing this 25-minute webinar so that other people can join us in redefining our relationship with our inboxes. Read more...

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