Humor at Work: Go With the Flow, February 11, 2009

1. For a Good Time . . .Go With the Flow

Being in “the flow” is a place we’ve all hopefully experienced
from time to time. Musicians and athletes describe being in
the flow as the ideal state for optimal performance – where
there are no distractions, where you are totally in the present,
and where there is no sense of time passing at a normal rate.
Anyone can experience flow doing any activity that utilizes their
talents. Two of the keys to getting into a flow mindset: remove
distractions, and try to find the perfect workload balance where
you can make use of your talents at peak capacity, where you feel
stretched, but not overwhelmed. Balancing goals, expectations and
workloads in the workplace is an on-going challenge, but the more
you can find that perfect place between feeling bored and
overworked, between being underwhelmed and overwhelmed, the more
moments of flow you will experience, and the more fun work can
become.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Start a “fun at work” dance ritual. Readers have been sharing
their traditions with me – from dancing naked in front of the
mirror every morning, to doing a team dance (not naked) at the
end of the workday. To remind you how to do Mike’s “fun at work”
dance, surf over to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgRQNfHi0M8
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3. Quote of the Week

“I’ve roller-skated in a matador outfit and been a short-order
cook and danced with the stars. If it helps morale I’ll leave
my dignity at the door!” Paul Spiegelman, CEO of Beryl Co.
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Sure, it’s important to dig deep and work a little harder during
challenging economic times, but a few industrious people are,
perhaps, going about it the wrong way. First, there was the Polish
man who set a series of barn fires in hopes of getting enough
overtime money to buy his girlfriend a nice birthday present. Then,
more recently, the Californian window repairman who, armed with a
slingshot, went about generating business for his window shop.

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