OT Flow Survey: Find your flow
OT Flow Survey: Find your flow
It’s about you finding your flow. Use this simple form once or daily. It takes research on flow and packs it down into a usable-today self-survey. The result? You begin applying research today which means less stress and more energy to explore, love and work well.
As an OT looking for an antidote to burnout, I wanted an effective (and immediate if possible) solution to focus on instead of stress. After using this new survey I thought, “Flow is something I am capable of creating in my life today. I better understand how to match evidence-based flow strategies to my actual life in doable (and repeatable) ways.” See below for more input from the author.
- Self-survey Format: 14 Questions, 15 Evidence-Based Strategies
- Digital Download: Please download within 24 hours of accessing link.
- Format: PDF
- Pages: 2
- Created in 2015, Updated 2017
FAQ: Flow Form: A few more questions and answers
I’ve heard of flow, but am not really clear on it. Could you recap a bit?
Flow has been recognized as a state of being that happens in optimal human experiences. Associations made with flow experiences (in literature thus far) include happiness, satisfaction with life, efficiency, and even self-respect.*
I get the impression it’s just for OTs to use. Is that true?
It was designed with the OT (or occupational therapist) in mind and it is completely appropriate for you to use if you are not an OT. The best way to know if it will be helpful for you is to read thru these FAQ, watch the video and then try it.
I’m still not clear. What is the form?
It’s a 2-page form with 14 questions that is set up as a self-survey allowing you to reflect on your experiences (especially the stressful ones) within the context of flow-based questions. The form ends with a chance to begin applying 10+ specific strategies that can help you create more flow in your life starting today. It’s a personal checklist for flow essentially.
Seems like a cool idea. I’m just not sure how it relates to being useful on a practical level.
The practicality of this product is in it’s ability to help you see your own tendencies (behaviors, thoughts, habits, etc) and also introduces you to different options for next time. It helps give you options beyond stress and burnout within the context of your own behavior, thoughts, and habits. It makes accessing flow (in any area of your life) actually possible.
Why was it updated?
There was potential for the original version to be more effective and service-oriented to the user based on new exposure to evidence and based on personal use by the creator of it. More people could more easily access their own flow with the new updates, and that seemed worth pursuing.
Can you give me an example of how this form may help me?
Sure! Let’s say there’s a particular situation (or reaction) that comes up again and again in your life that seems to be stressful. Use the form to reflect on THAT experience.
Situation: I noticed how stressful I felt in a client’s home while expressing my recommendations to her.
Form usage: Later that day when I had 5 min, I used the form (which I already had printed out) to reflect on what was going on in that scenario by answering the 14 questions.
Application: I learned that I was feeling anxious and overly challenged...and that I could adjust the challenge/skill relationship to create more balance and less anxiety. Specifically, I could grow my skills. I identified which skills needed growth and enrolled in a CEU to address it (turns out it was actually defensible documentation skills).
Outcome: More confidence and less stress in all client’s home now due to having more skills built not just in communication with words (via conversation) but also as a documenting therapist.
Can you give me an example of an evidence-based flow strategy?
Match the challenge of the scenario with your skill level. For some scenarios, you may need or have the option to adjust the challenge. For others, you may need to invest in growing your own skill level (like in the example above).
Csikszentmihalyi, M, & Csikszentmihalyi, I. (1988) Optimal flow experience: Psychological studies in flow in consciousness. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Jacobs, K (1994). Flow and the occupational therapy practitioner. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Reid, D (2011). Mindfulness and flow in occupational engagement: Presence in doing. Published in Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Wright, J.J, Sadlo, G, & Stew, G (2006). Volume 26, Number 1. Challenge-Skills and Mindfulness: An Exploration of the Conundrum of Flow Process.
Details about Use
This product has been created for personal use. Please encourage other interested parties to purchase a personal copy. Each purchase comes with lifetime access to the most up-to-date version of this form (i.e. any future updates will be provided to individual purchasers at no additional cost).
About the Author
Monika started writing for OT Potential after working as an OT for nearly 6 years. After spending time in outpatient, acute, inpatient rehab and SNFs as a local contract OT in Nebraska, she found her niche in home health. She started writing more when she realized there was a lack of resources that emphasized effective do-it-today strategies for the home health OT. She takes what helps in her own occupational therapy practice, and creates simple, potent content to help you, her fellow OT.
She believes that as you develop unique strategies to ground and care for yourself while practicing as an OT, that your clients and practice (not to mention life) naturally become more potent and meaningful. So she writes to help support that as a vision for the world.
Her projects have ranged from a Home Health OT E-book to a newly updated Find Your Flow form for daily transformation of stressful scenarios using flow-based evidence. She is also a regular guest blogger writing about topics of flow and OT burnout home health OT and motivational interviewing. She's also served as an author at OT Practice addressing team collaboration and home health tips, and as a life coach via Polish Your Light.