How to get into Flow


What Flow feels like

  • You are completely focused on the task at hand.
  • You have a sense of ecstasy.
  • You know exactly what needs to be done.
  • You know you have the skill to do it.
  • You know how well you’re doing it.
  • You lose your sense of self and think of nothing else.
  • You lose your sense of time.
  • You are intrinsically motivated, it is self rewarding.

When ‘flow’ occurs

Flow occurs when the writer is intensely concentrated and so completely involved in the process of creating something new that he doesn’t have any attention left to monitor anything else (not even hunger). It requires a balance of skill and challenge. The writer should have the necessary skill to accomplish the task at hand, yet still be challenged by the process of accomplishing it.

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How to get into ‘flow’

Step 1, Select an activity you enjoy doing or find something enjoyable about the task at hand to focus.

Step 2, Set yourself a challenge. The challenge should be in the upper half of your skill range.

Step 3, Ensure you have the necessary skills. Practice, take the time to work on your weaknesses and learn new things.

Step 4, Set clear goals with exact criteria that indicate when it is accomplished.

Step 5, Eliminate distractions. Put a sock on the doorknob. Set your phone to silent (not vibrate).

Step 6, Make sure you have enough time.

Step 7, Apply a few tricks that help you get focused. Novelty, risk taking, unpredictability and complexity all force you to focus.