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The Science of Finding Flow - Dr. Christine Carter

Unit 1: The Ideal Worker
Welcome
Meet your Instructor
The Sweet Spot
What is Flow Anyway?
Are You an Ideal Worker?
Overwork.. Doesn’t Work
What is Productivity, Really?
Final Course Instructions… I Promise

Unit 2: Choose
Welcome To Unit 2!
The Problem with Pursuing Pleasure…
Chase Meaning, not Happiness
The Grant Studies
Activity #1: Think about your eulogy, not your resume
How Do you Want to Feel?
Activity #2: Pick your top 5 priorities
Activity #3: Make a not-to-do list
Wrapping up Unit 2…

Unit 3: Detox
Welcome To Unit 3!
Checking is Not the Same as Working
The Novelty Bias
The Fear of Missing Out
Activity # 1: Schedule two or three specific times per day to check your messages
Activity #2: Disable push features, alerts, and notifications
Activity #3: Designate the times and spaces in your life in which you will not use devices and computers
Activity #4: Hide the bowl of candy
Activity #5: Tell your family, friends and co-workers that you are establishing a strategic checking schedule and going through a digital detox
Five Ways to Stay on Your Detox
Wrapping Up Unit 3…

Unit 4: Focus
Welcome
The Busyness Competition
An illness we are choosing…
The Perils of Multitasking…
Activity #1: Schedule time to single-task
How bad is it to be interrupted?
The Problem With Interruptions Continued…
Activity #2: Build a fortress against interruption and distraction
Further flow preparations…
Further flow preparations continued…
Activity #3: Outline your own flow ritual
Wrapping Up Unit 4

Unit 5: Slack-Off
Welcome
Boredom and our sense of self…
The problem with doing nothing…
The benefits of slacking-off…
Feel all the Feels
Where creativity comes from…
Activity #1: Practice basic slacking… take recess!
Activity #2: Take a lunch break, especially if you are too busy…
Activity #3: Take a nap…
Wrapping up Unit 5…

Unit 6: Feel
Welcome
The Perils of Pretending…
The Perils of Pretending Continued…
One More Peril of Pretending…
The benefits of letting ourselves feel what we feel…
The benefits of letting ourselves feel what we feel continued…
Activity #1: Listen to your body
Activity #2: Let yourself feel what you feel
Activity #2: Let yourself feel what you feel continued…
Activity #3: Do Nothing. (Really…NOTHING.)
Wrapping up Unit 6 – Feel!

Unit 7: Flourish
Welcome
The power of positive emotions…
Happiness and productivity
The Tipping Point
Positive and negative emotions
Activity #1: What makes you happy?
Applying gratitude in your life
More positive emotions
Finding peace and contentment
Picking the low hanging fruit
Activity #2: Amplify the positive emotions you already feel
Activity #3: Swap stress for courage
Wrapping Up Unit 7

Unit 8: Connect
Welcome
Love and success…
Relationships and success at work…
The positive emotion amplifier…
Positivity resonance in your daily life…
Positivity resonance in your daily life continued…
Activity #1: Talk to strangers—or at least smile at the barista
Generating love and connection…
Activity #2: Do a friend—or a stranger—a few quick favors…
Activity #3: Ask for a favor…
Activity #4: Just contemplate giving to others…
Activity #5: Master the most important connection skill in the history of the universe…
Wrapping Up Unit 8…

Unit 9: The Real Ideal Worker
Welcome
The Ideal Worker and the gender wage gap…
Fulfilling Our Potential
Where do we go from here?
Some final thoughts…