Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, published "Flow" in 1990, the seminal text on flow state based on decades of research. In Csikszentmihalyi's words, flow state is “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter." In flow state, anxiety and your ego drops away, and you improve your ability to direct your attention. The key to feeling in flow is to identify activities that are just challenging enough for your skill level, and progressing to bigger challenges as your skills expand.
As modern knowledge workers, we rarely get to experience flow state. Even more elusive is the sense of progression and mastery of your work. When was the last time you felt accomplished? Do you feel like you are better than you were a month ago? The pursuit of flow state reminds us to asks these questions about the work we do everyday, and Flow Club is where we gather to do it.
Ultimately Flow Club is about improving mental fitness, feeling fulfilled at work and finding more time for life. The specific benefits you will experience include but are not limited to:
- Sharpened focus
- Minimized distractions
- Heightened intentionality and awareness of your work
- Motivation on demand
- More time for deep work, side pursuits, and life
- Increased confidence through a sense of agency
- Clearer delineation between work and rest
- More restorative rest
- Inspired company of peers and hosts
- Lower stress and anxiety
- More creativity
We hate BS too, and some of these things inevitably sound like BS. Best we can do now is to show you some testimonials, but you should stay skeptical and try it out for yourself. See our Wall of Love.
Sessions take place throughout the day. Each session has up to eight participants and a host. Sessions can be 60, 90, 120 minutes long.
In a typical 60-minute session:
1. For the first 5 minutes, the host welcomes everyone and asks a simple question to help everyone set their intention for the session. A typical question is simply, "what are you hoping to accomplish in this hour?"
2. For the next 50 minutes, the host will mute everyone and put on curated work playlist, and everyone dives into their work. We keep our video on for extra accountability.
3. A gong will signal the end of the session, and the host will gather the group to debrief and celebrate wins and progress.
Some people attend 6 times a day, others join 2-3 times a week. Work is so personal and different for everyone, so we recommend trying out a few approaches to see how it could serve you best.
We recommend approaching Flow Club by time, task or intention:
- Start the day: Fight morning grogginess and procrastination by committing to sitting down at the same time every day and take advantage of the morning energy
- Afternoon slump / food coma / energy dip: If you know you always get tired at a certain time, join Flow Club to give yourself a boost
- Before deadlines: Deadlines should already be motivating, but sometimes you need just a little extra to feel confident before the big meeting
- Tedious tasks: Bring the work you have to do but hate doing. Email, life admin, legal documents, reading papers, etc.
- Important but not urgent: Instead of always working on what's urgent, bring the important but not urgent work that you never get around to and commit to doing them
- Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG): Tackle ambitious and somewhat scary goals. Use Flow Club to break them into small, achievable tasks and start making progress
- Block time for deep work: Dictate your schedule instead of the other way around and reserve long uninterrupted time for you to get deep work done.
- "Miscellaneous" pursuits: We are a work-obsessed culture, which means it's difficult to spend time on other things that are meaningful to us. Commit time to leisure reading, trip planning, learning a new skill.
Our hosts are volunteers who want to hold space for others and raise the stakes for themselves to be even better. In order to host, you must have attended at least 25 sessions and go through our host training.
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Our hosts participate in the community weekly if not daily and most host 3+ sessions a week. If you have attended at least 25 sessions and love to build community and hold space for others, you likely qualify. While new hosts pay for Flow Club memberships, they tend to refer enough people to significantly offset the cost. To become a host, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are constantly improving our availability so that whenever there's an open time on your calendar for you to get stuff done, you can simply book last minute to make the most of that time.
Over time, you may find that it's beneficial to book sessions early as you plan out your day and week to make time for yourself.
In Flow Club you are still working solo, so this is not the kind of co-working that distracts you and slows you down. What Flow Club adds is a layer of structure and inspiration, kind of like crossfit or fitness classes.
The Flow Club structure is designed to drop you into flow quickly. Intention declaration at the beginning of each session primes you to stay on task. Working alongside other committed, inspiring individuals forces you to bring your best. Flow Club is a commitment to constantly evaluate your relationship with work.
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To make the most of your time, we recommend spending a few minutes before each session mapping out your intention, identify where you’re going to start, and what you can accomplish in the time allotted. We know that isn't always possible, so the next best thing is to show up to Flow Club on time to settle into work.
Flow Club is more fun when you go with people you know. Email email@example.com to ask us about inviting a friend or your company to join.
To make schedule requests email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can request specific times, session durations, types of music, work and more.
Ah, yes that's the expectation. It could feel a little weird, but it's worth it. Of course, if you need to turn off the camera momentarily, that's okay. The video-on aspect is important in setting the context and creating an energetic environment. No one is looking at you because everyone is working, but we keep it on to feed off each other's energy.