What is a good challenge for you?

“…not everything which is not simple is actually hard; even hard things can be done fast; even things which seem impossible turn out to be doable.”

Nick Harkaway, The Gone-Away World

Just because something doesn’t have an apparent solution when you first look at it, it does not mean that it will be hard. It just means that you will have to think a bit more, talk to some people and maybe sit down and structure the problem in a new way. Most things are possible if we stop trying to solve everything at once and instead focus on one piece of the puzzle at a time. Sometime we have to give up the focus on that one piece and look at another before it is done, but the minute we try to finish the whole puzzle at once then we will fail.

Flow is defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as the balance between skill and challenge. We will get bored if we do something that is too easy, and we will get anxious if we do things that are too challenging. Having fun at work and getting into this flow state is about making sure your tasks are challenging enough that you feel that you grow with them and that they are divided in such a way that you feel that you are moving forward. When you get this balance then you will lose yourself in the moment and you will be truly productive.