Consider that you want to go into flow and you would like to stay in flow as long as you can.
How do you increase the likelihood of quickly going into flow?
What can you do to stay there as long as possible?
Be practical with this- what would you like to accomplish?
Make sure that you have clear goals and that you are working toward those goals.
When you have good, clear feedback, it is easier to adapt and get back on track. Push yourself to the point that you expand your comfort zone. Challenge yourself but do not overwhelm yourself. Likewise, don’t make it so easy that anyone can do it.
I like to have a say in what I am doing and how I am doing it. I like to initiate and have full control over it (autonomy).
What makes you curious and how do you pursue that? That can lead to passion and purpose and then concentrate.
Laser focus to the point of being absorbed in it. Nothing else matters when you are absorbed. The above are what we call Internal Triggers.
Want to get there? Motivate yourself or look for the ability to manipulate your environment- external triggers. Make sure there is risk involved and you increase your odds of going into flow. Physical risk will do it, for sure, but any risk can work. Social, emotional, financial etc all have consequences that will prime your system for flow. With that much on the line, you are challenged to be at your best. You pay more attention when there is something to lose as well as when it is new or novel. It stands out and challenges us to be more present and in our body than usual, as does complexity and unpredictability. “This is worth your attention and energy,” is the brain’s message. When you are challenged to be in your body, some people merge with their environment. “I am one with all.”