If you want to increase the likelihood of getting into flow repeatedly, try this routine:
Every day, spend a chunk of time uninterrupted, accomplishing the tasks that are hardest. Start smaller but work up to 90-120 minutes a day of uninterrupted time. Make sure you get feedback on this from a trusted mentor or advisor.
Each week spend a chunk of time, up to 6 hours, doing that which puts you in flow. Play, enjoy and get into your zone regularly. Build the muscles, emotional and mental, that put you into flow.
Imagine practicing focusing, especially when you are exhausted from a long day. You are rehearsing for life. You will get distracted and you will bounce back. They call this practice, “Distraction Management.”
Imagine at least a few times a week getting 60 minutes or more of true exercise, beyond that which makes you feel comfortable. Train your nervous system to not give up when you feel discomfort. Stop if you’ll cause injury but push through discomfort.
Rest and recuperation are vital- massage, yoga, sauna, mindfulness a few times weekly for a minimum of 20 minutes and you will love how quickly your body bounces back.
Weakness training- be the best you can be at one of your worst. Minimum of 30 minutes a week.
30 to 60 minutes, one time a week get feedback on the work you’ve been doing during the 90 to 120 minute periods of uninterrupted concentration
Social supports that’s two hours a week make time for other people, especially if you’re an introvert. It helps keep us calm and happy and psychologically prepared to attack the challenge- skills sweet spot.
It gives us a place to practice our emotional intelligence skills.
Please attribute these ideas to Steven Kotler- Author of Superman and the Art of Impossible. I have made minor changes, but the ideas come from him and the work of Czitenmihalyi, author of Flow.