Flow With Keith York

It’s no secret that our modern-day world is full of distractions: Glowing screens. Notifications. 24-hour news cycles. At times, it can feel exhausting to try and get things done with all the bells and whistles competing for your attention.

In his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, psychologist and researcher, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, theorizes that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow. Flow is the experience of completely immersing yourself in a singular pursuit and effectively applying your skills to it.

When you’re in flow, your awareness of time momentarily dissolves. You’re in a temporary, but energizing state that helps you make progress with the task in front of you. So, how can you rise above the noise and get into flow?

First, quiet your mind and take a deep breath. Then, pick one task (yes, just one) and set clear goals for it. Move or put away any distractions around you. Lastly, take your first action. Whether it’s writing your first sentence, drawing your first stroke, or playing your first note — dive in.

Creative Mornings’ Mexico City chapter chose this month’s exploration of Flow, and David Espinosa a.k.a El Dee illustrated the theme.

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About Keith York

Through lectures, tours, publications, curated exhibitions and his site, modernsandiego.com, Keith York has broadened and deepened public understanding of 20th-century modern architecture in San Diego County.

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