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Week 1 Review questions and practical applications

PVGCOAs you wait for todays class to start: Try to sit in silence and just be with yourself List 5 things (or more) in your notebook that you feel grateful for todayGroup 21411014Biplab Mandal1411310 Nirmal George 1411311Nished Singhal 1411333 Sumedh Vishwas Vidwans1411359 Apte Sneha Shivram

2Review Question(s): Group 2To be able to convert work into flow can be very beneficial to every individual. However, what steps/processes should one follow to achieve that state of flow in ones work?

Can there be a state when an individual is neither happy nor unhappy?

Accept that work is not exclusive of enjoyment (from the Ant and Grasshopper story)From the The Paradox of IntentionPrepare goals but dont be attached to themInvest in effort, not the outcomeEnjoy the journey and be happy before goal is reachedWork on inner world and outer world simultaneously to attain flowPractical applications: Group 2PVGCOSubmitted byGroup 3 : S MukundaAnoop B SPavel GuptaNitesh LalKrishnasree SaikiaQuestion for week 1: Group 3Assume you are in a relatively more demanding career than others in terms of work hours, like IB or consulting. You are on a good growth path with a vision of becoming a partner in the organization. You are also enjoying your work, resulting in a state where you are experiencing flow. However, this is taking a hit on your personal life you do not spend enough time with your family and your health might take a hit in the long run. These are things which you value in life.When such a conflict arises between your personal values and your cherished vision, what would you prioritize? Your vision or your set of values?Practical Implications: Group 3What is Flow?We have so far achieved a lot in our lives and we have done so using goals and targets. We have felt happy only after achieving them and have been constantly advised by our parents and friends to persevere and not let up until we have achieved those goals. We have been introduced to the concept of Flow now and also about the paradox of intention. We are very intrigued by this and would want to know how to detach ourselves from the goal and still feel happy while doing them. And this happiness that we derive, would it be because of knowing the fact that we are in the path of achieving the goals or is it derived from achieving smaller goals set by us to reach the ultimate goal that is our vision. Try and avoid multi-tasking as much as possibleMulti tasking reduces the chances of getting into the state of flow. This obviously means that focus on one thing at a time and then move on to the others. However, we have spent the whole last year at least if not our whole lives multitasking. Revisit fables from AesopSome of us felt that stories like the Ant and Grasshopper one taught us very essential moral values which we may have forgotten or unconsciously steered away from during the course of life. We would like to go back and read them. Even though they are taught to small kids, they contain more value and meaning than most of what we learn as adults.Live in the moment. Target will get achieved in the long-runThis is another interpretation of flow that we thought of. We think that to detach ourselves from the goal and to really feel happy one must just focus on the present and keep doing our karma and we can attain our targets in the future.

Group-4 Submission: Week-11411020- Hari N P | 1411042- Pooja | 1411043- Prakrin | 1411181- Sivapoorni |1411194- Gowtham|

Reflection Questions: Group 4Suppose we are in the flow state, and we are at peace with our inner world. However, at times there would be various external factors such as family or work related issues, which would be arising and disturbing our flow state. What can be done under such conditions to sustain the flow.

We come across autotelic personalities in our daily lives who are in the flow state most of the times and we naturally repel them envying their seemingly happy state rather than seeking their company which could motivate ourselves to a similar state. How can we resolve this conflict?

Practical Implications: Group 4Practical Implication of Single-tasking in attaining FLOWAs discussed in the class, our vision is made up of small activities that we carry out through the course of our daily lives. However, when we try to multitask, we end up getting distracted by one while doing the other and are unable to reach the flow state in any of them. Under this situation if we just take up one activity at a time, and keep all the other distractions away for the time being, we can reach the flow in all such small activities while moving to the next one swiftly.PVGCOReflection Question and Practical ImplicationsWeek 1Group 4Nitesh JainSuryaansh MakkedAshutosh PathakVinothkumarREFLECTION QUESTIONNecessity is the mother of invention! The greatest inventions of mankind have been made when one has been pushed into a corner. Discontentment or dissatisfaction with the current state is the key motivation behind progress and having a vision for the future. However, the Paradox of Intention states that happiness cannot be tied to accomplishment of goals. But, dissatisfaction with the present provides an impetus to work for the future (eg: Renaissance in Europe after Dark Age). Thus, how can these two contradictory states be combined to form the divine state of Flow?

The FLOW model assumes that absence of happiness is sadness. We believe that there has to be a middle state of equanimity. A person cannot be truly productive if he cannot keep his extreme emotions in check. PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONSThe practical implications involve defining the following: At what stage is our productivity maximum is it true happiness, or contentment with the current state, or discontentment, that spurs productivity?What are the steps to attain the flow stage and how do we know if we have reached this stage?What should be the office environment to sustain and support the state of flow (maximum productivity and happiness) in individuals?

Submission for Week One14Group details:Pawan Kumar 1411114 Kannan T G 1411162Kapil Verma 1411163Yogesh Shivange 1411191 Sashi Kumar C 1411052

Submitted to:Prof. Ramya RanganathanIIM Bangalore14Summary of Session 1&215We learnt how one can work for ones future and remain happy at the same time. Its true that there are trade-offs between working for future and enjoying the present. But we got to know how we can achieve happiness and minimize stress. We also learnt about different states of human mind i.e. Negative Spiral Current Reality Trap Stress and anxiety State of flowIn fact, we could relate how everyone of us were in different states at different point of time. Example, failure in exam, enjoyment of friendly conversations, successful implementation of project work in previous organization, solving complex client problem at some point of time etc.We learnt how to achieve state of flow (depicted in adjacent figure) and how one can do away chaos in mind (psychic entropy) with concentration. To be in flow, proper combination of skill and challenge is very important. When one with good skill set confronts with good challenge, one achieves flow. Otherwise he/she may get bored. Reflection Questions & Practical Implications16Reflection QuestionsIn life, there can be times when external factors are uncontrollable like bad health of beloved ones, failed marriages etc and we may not be able to concentrate on the job at hand. Is the concept of Flow still applicable? If yes, how?Isnt idea of happiness over emphasized? Sarojini Naidu, in The Souls Pray, wanted to experience every facet of life before death. Is the idea of Flow devoid of uncertainty associated with life?Suppose one doesnt achieve final result of the task but is still happy as he/she enjoyed the task. But this way one cant achieve the long term goal of building a good career. Will being happy still valid? Can being happy restrict us to have a career growth in life as we are contended and happy with our current state?Sometimes we are contended with what we do now and have vision that is not related to our current job. Should vision always be professional? If no, how we can achieve flow in these cases?

Practical ImplicationsSometimes students take courses that seem to be easy. But these courses may not be appealing to them. In such case, they dont enjoy reading these courses and fail to concentrate. It leads to bad grade. Rather students should set their goal and take courses that appeal to them or help them in achieving their goal. In this way, they will be able to concentrate in what they are doing or will achieve Flow.In work life, people want to get good promotion and thats why fail to say no to their bosses for a project that doesnt appeal to them. It leads to lack of concentration and may not sometime end up with desired result. In contrary, we should go for projects that appeal us. In this way, we will be able to enjoy doing our job and will achieve flow.Students study hard to get good grades in IIMB. But sometimes they do not get the expected good grades and feel depressed. In this case, if they enjoy the process of studying hard, getting a good grade will be an additional reward. Even if a student get an average grade, he/she can still be happy as he/she had enjoyed the process of studying hard and gaining knowledge.Submitted By:Group-9Deeksha Chugh1411220Dhritiman Mallick 1411089Kalpesh Wani 1411099Suraj Menon V 1411335Vishwas Sharma 1411137

Preliminary thoughts and reflections: Group 9State of Flow defines a harmonious combination of happiness in the present, coupled with a vision for the future. But, how is flow impacted by any perceived failures along the journey?Can flow be lost after failure