Top Schaffer's Seven Conditions That Are Needed to Achieve Flow (Zone)


The Top Ten

1 Knowing what to do

A very necessary condition for one to achieve Flow. Knowing perfectly what you're gonna do is important. - Kiteretsunu

2 Knowing how to do it

"So I'm going to play basketball but I don't even know the whole rules. "
Well, it's not going to work. Not knowing how to do it will lead to uncertainty in the mind, and any kind of uncertainty leads to destruction of Flow state. - Kiteretsunu

3 Knowing how well you are doing

This is what really determines whether one will achieve Flow or not. You're doing your job, but you don't how well you're doing. Not knowing how well one is doing causes a sudden vaccum of purpose. You don't really know if you want to perform better than this and thus would eventually lose the purpose of doing that task. - Kiteretsunu

4 Knowing where to go (if navigation is involved)
5 High perceived challenges

Challenges leads to motivation and removes the negative emotion of boredom from a person's mind. - Kiteretsunu

6 High perceived skills

Without the skills you cannot do a job. "Zone" enhances your present skills, it doesn't give you a new set of skills. - Kiteretsunu

7 Freedom from distractions

Before getting into the "Zone", you need to be free from distractions. - Kiteretsunu

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