Designing Flow States with
Open and Closed Focus.
I’m reading Unsafe Thinking by Jonah Sachs, which is essentially about how to unleash creativity in high stakes scenarios.
There is SO much to recommend about this book but one thing I’ve been taking to heart is the relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and how the difference relates to focus.
Open focus, according to Sach’s research, is a type of focus that follows a scent (or sense) of direction. It’s fluid, sometimes wandering, free associative, expansive and is often intrinsically motivated.
Closed focus is the type of focus that delivers on a deadline, executes follow-through, makes “the thing” happen. Often this type of focus is driven by external motivation such as money or social status.
The point is, in order to be both successful and fulfilled, we need to develop both capacities.
Design it right, and creativity will flow.