# The prerequisites of flow are needed to flood working memory

The The prerequisites of flow experience are needed to enable continuous concentration on a task. These prerequisites are seemingly related to the fact that we have Working memory limits.

First, the activity that is being executed must require skills, because a more passive activity will not be able to flood your working memory. Any activity that requires skill will demand more information to be in your working memory, hence you can quickly flood them up. A good example of an activity that will flood your working memory is thinking, which is why an external tool like writing is needed to aid our working memory limits Writing makes thinking possible.

Secondly, having a clear goal and immediate feedback make sure that you can retain your focus on the task at hand. If an activity doesn’t provide immediate feedback, you’ll enter a wait state, and other irrelevant information will start to linger.


# References

Mihaly, Flow (p. 59).

This feature of flow is an important by-product of the fact that enjoyable activities require a complete focusing of attention on the task at hand - thus leaving no room in the mind for irrelevant information.

  • Attentional disorder blocks flow
    • A person with attentional disorder will unfortunately struggle to experience flow as their attention are fragmented. They will not be able to flood their working memory with information that are relevant at hand, because irrelevant information will involuntarily be processed (The prerequisites of flow are needed to flood working memory). The cause of attentional disorder are usually genetic, but may also be caused by childhood experiences.