1. Ok, points well taken. I sooooo needed these simple but necessary tips.
    I am totally not getting into flow for the most part. I don’t even have a time or place that I can routinely do it. As long term travellers our location often changes, so I don’t have a special place that helps me get into flow. But as you mentioned, maybe things like lighting a candle, or having my special mug of tea, or something that I can transport with me would be helpful to make my little corner into a “writing spot”. And as a mom-of-many uninterrupted time is hard to come by. Dh doesn’t even get that him stopping by for a quick kiss interrupts my flow.

    I’m seriously going to take your pointers to heart, Alicia-Joy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Karen,

    Thank you for sharing. I was a digital nomad for 2 years, so I get it. My writing space was…wherever. I found it best to ‘create space’ mentally. Things that would put me into that writing space. For example, journaling, meditation, deep breathing, etc (as mentioned above). These are triggers. You don’t have to do any of them, you’re just creating triggers so your mind knows ‘oh, okay, I’m about to start writing now. Let’s get it together’ LOL. You mentioned a few physical things that can be triggers: a specific candle or mug of tea. Those are perfect. The mind works with triggers and conditioning. You’re using this to get you into flow state quicker. As I mentioned in the post, even a few deep breaths can help.

    Glad these pointers help. Let me know how it goes. 🙂

  3. You are spot on and your #4 is definitely a must for me. Distraction is such a killer of flow.

    • Andi, distraction sure is killer of flow. Glad these resonated with you.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. The thing that most stuck out to me while reading this post is that I’m an inconsistent writer, and I apply these principles inconsistently. Gee, I wonder if the two are related…
    I really like the way that you have split up the tasks into separate-before, and immediately-before. I have a tendency to mix them all together, but I’m coming to the conclusion that I’m going to need to get more strict about this if I really want to improve.

    • Hi Jo:

      Mixing all the tasks together can be overwhelming. I find it more beneficial to split them up. Keep experimenting to find what works for you.

      As for consistency, we all struggle with this at times. My theory is: as long as you keep restarting. 🙂