Do something you are skilled at.
When you are confident in your skill and the task requires you to use that skill to its fullest extent, you are in a place where flow is possible.
Skills balance is crucial to achieving a flow state. That is the use of well-established skills at their outermost limitations.
Hunger, pain, and cell phones… all of these will jerk you right back out of flow. Give yourself the peace to truly focus if you want to achieve the optimal conditions for flow.
Be aware of your experience, mentally and physically.
Take stock of how you feel in your body and the “noise” in your mind. Be at peace with your physical and mental state. Notice and let go of that which doesn’t serve you.
Rituals and routines provide structured time that is special and “sacred.” Establishing rituals around certain times of the day or week can facilitate the space needed to allow for flow.
Flow, like anything else worth doing, is not something that is achieved without focus, effort, and discipline. Once you do achieve flow, you’ll be hooked. Intrinsic rewards come from working in a state of flow as well as the dopamine, norepinephrine high that your brain will get from doing something at peak performance.