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Uninterrupted flow

Adam Grant’s recent NY Times article about languishing — the psychological middle state that exists somewhere in between depressed and flourishing — has been making the rounds online. Perhaps it is because COVID sucks and many of us can relate.

Either way, three points in the article really stood out to me (at least one of which, in my mind, directly ties back to real estate).

Firstly, I found it helpful to hear him describe what flourishing is. In his words, “flourishing is the peak of well-being: You have a strong sense of meaning, mastery and mattering to others.” This resonates with me. I know that I am at my best when I’m accomplishing things and making progress.

Secondly, he puts forward a possible solution to languishing — it’s the concept of “flow.” Flow is when we are absorbed in meaningful and challenging work and where, again in his words, “your sense of time, place and self melts away.” This also resonates with me. I am a big fan of a flow (even if I didn’t know what it was called).

Thirdly — and this one is important as we all think about the future of work/office space — focus is paramount to doing exceptional things! Here’s an excerpt that I immediately paused on as I was reading the article:

Fragmented attention is an enemy of engagement and excellence. In a group of 100 people, only two or three will even be capable of driving and memorizing information at the same time without their performance suffering on one or both tasks. Computers may be made for parallel processing, but humans are better off serial processing.

For the rest of Grant’s article, click here.

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