Wednesday, 18 January 2006

Flow

I'm posting int wo halves today because I have two totally different things to ponder. Here is the first....

Do any of you religiously keep up with “Child of our Time” on the bbc each year? It’s like 7-up (the scientific study not the drink) but every year and now the kids are 5-6 years old. It fascinates me.

On the programme last night Robbie Winston was talking about “flow” – when you lose track of time because you are so engaged in a task. This got me thinking – when did I last get flow? I used to be a watch addict. If I couldn’t find my watch in the morning I basically couldn’t leave the house. I put it on before getting out of bed in the morning. When getting out of the bath I would wrap a towel round myself and then straight away dry my wrist to put my watch back on. Then came the madness (historic rather than recent) and my therapist unhooked me from my time dependence. (I won’t go into it but my emphasis on time was a huge factor in my social anxiety). I do sometimes still wear a watch. I took it to Pooch’s parents with me at xmas and then accidentally left it there. Pooch’s mum quickly posted it down to me and did up the jiffy bag very securely with parcel tape. I couldn’t get the tape off at the first attempt so the complete package has been gathering dust for a few weeks now. I’ll get it out eventually.

Despite this new found freedom from time there do seem to be very few occasions when I lose track of time all together. So I was just wondering – what gives you good flow?

2 comments:

Woolly Wormhead said...

I have too many issues with time still - don't do the watch thing, yet always feel that time isn't on my side. Constantly feel under pressure to get stuff down and berate meself when I don't....hmmm

Liz said...

I am still a watch addict; feel completely bereft without it generally, but I know it's a good holiday or it's been a good weekend if I lose track of where my watch actually is. Have no innate sense of time, or indeed direction; and am also really bad at that 'living in the moment' thing, which happens to me very rarely but is extremely precious when it does...

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