Chasing After Flow

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You know you have a problem with curiosity when…

…your computer starts running slow because you have 10+ tabs open in your browser. This usually happens to me when I’m reading something interesting and they have a link to a related article. I keep clicking on the links and opening them in new tabs because I have this unquenchable desire to read them all. My flow starts kicking in.

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This is all fine and dandy when I am at home, but its happened a few times at work where I needed to then address something immediately that was work-related but was delayed because so much RAM was being used by the Internet. My intellectual interests are preventing me from being a productive employee. I blame my work for giving me access to the Internet and two monitors to work with.

It also happens when I’m going through my twitter feed and it seems like everyone is sharing something worthwhile to read. Again, this is great, but can become a distraction and prevent me from doing something that I had originally scheduled to do. Why does this never happen to me when I have plenty of time and nothing to do? Why does it only occur when I should be busy with something else?

All this boils down to one basic dilemma: why can’t we seem to "schedule" our creative juices or intellectual curiosity?

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In my own words: What is flow?

I came across the concept of flow awhile back and it immediately resonated with me. It described perfectly that sense of complete immersion, focus, and motivation into a project that just commands your full attention and interest. Time stops and nothing else matters while you’re in that flow. All you care about is going with it and enjoying the ride.

Whether its researching a topic of interest, solving a puzzle, or figuring out how to do something new. Flow is that transcendent joy where you enjoy what you’re doing and “work” ceases to be work. It might not happen often, but when it hits, the creative juices are flowing and your productivity goes through the roof!

I’ve noticed that there are certain areas of interests that spark my flow and which will be the focus of this site. First and foremost is psychology. This is main reason I studied it in undergrad and then went to get my master’s in counseling. There’s something truly fascinating about the mind and studying why we do the things we do.

But my flow also kicks in when I get caught up with technology and learning how to use something new. Whether it be an app, a new website I just found out about, or an actual piece of hardware, I love technology. I also get engaged with politics, the media, film and television, business, etc. The list goes on and on. Stick around and you’ll see some of the things that grab my attention and get my flow going.