The other day I was fortunate to surf some beautiful, fun waves right up the road from my home here in NJ. Picture four foot, clean, steep, and fast breaking waves. An offshore wind, holding the wave face open for a surfer to sneak a little tube (or cover up by the wave face). I felt like I couldn’t stop surfing. My friends left after awhile. It just continued to stay fun. Time slipped by. I ended up surfing for four hours. My brain wanted to keep going, but I had to go in for food, water, and to warm up.
I had another experience recently where time literally slipped by. Email and notifications were off. I planned to work on a presentation for an hour. Time slipped by. I was in the flow. Creating, writing, making.
Over an hour later, the phone rang. I had snapped out of it. It was my scheduled call with a vendor for one of our programs. I quickly refocused my attention to the conversation and later continued on with my workday – never getting back to a flow state that day.
I thought of all of this the other day after a discussion with some educators.
How do we create the space for kids to get into a flow state?
To simply get into that state of productive work where time seems to slip away. A space where they continue learning, reading, practicing, and making for an extended period of time, with little to no interruption. Owning their learning.
I don’t have an answer, this just a riff.