We all know how it feels to be in a state of flow, that wonderful mental harmony created when you are doing something you love, and the ratio of your skill to the challenge at hand is just right—enough so you are absorbed, but not frustrated. You have clarity about what to do next and how to do it, and your sense of time, and of self, disappears. It can happen when you are playing tennis, leading a seminar, cooking a meal, or cracking the problem delaying an important project. But what can you do to make achieving a state of flow more likely? Adam Fridman at Inc. turned to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi for answers; Csikszentmihalyi coined the term “flow” in the 1970’s, when he first began doing research on this highly desirable, but often elusive, state of mind. One great technique he shares: create habits and routines whenever you can, to free up your brain for the fun stuff. Read Fridman’s article for other nuggets, and then get flowing!