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Chapter 3: Flow

Last updated: Dec 02, 2023

I had hoped that removing smartphones would help me achieve focus, especially on difficult tasks, while working. However, my work in tech meant sitting at a computer all day anyway, inevitably immersed in the online sources fragmenting my attention. I wanted to sustain Cal Newport’s idea of deep work but found it too grueling to sustain regularly. The psychology of flow offered a tantalizing promise of complete immersion without consciously being aware of distractions. I attempted to enter states of flow with documentation, but didn’t make much progress. I also explored parts of the brain that might be responsible for derailing my focus, such as the Default Mode Network (DMN) versus the Task Positive Network (TPN).

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