My first time ever hearing the concept of “Flow” was in my Graphic Design Seminar: Methodologies class. I have experienced flow many times. However, it never resonated with me what the process was called or what I was experiencing at the time. There are often periods of time when I am working, and I realize that over twelve hours have passed before I notice the time or decide to take a break. Ironically, many times that I experience flow are directly after an extreme creative block. This is because creative blocks have taken up so much of my time that I have no choice but to dive right in to my work. Also, my methods of getting out of a creative block are the same as my methods for generating flow.
When working, I often separate myself from all distractions, like the television, people, noises, music, etc. In extreme cases, I even fast from food until the work is done. Being hungry is definitely motivation to keep the flow going. Lol Then there are times when my means for generating flow are the complete opposite, like when I blast my music from the time I start my work until the time I finish it, when I HAVE to watch tv while I work or when I talk on the phone or talk to a friend the entire time I’m working. Mainly, my “flow” catalyst depends on my mood and the amount of pressure I am under to get the work done.
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