Written By Amie Colosa
7 Tips on Getting Inspired When You’re Not Feeling It!
Inspiration is something that doesn’t just come to you unfortunately, so often we need to give it a little kick start when it’s not happening! As someone who works in a creative field, I’m always on the hunt for additional ways to add more inspiration to my life. Here’s some of my favorites.
1. Get off the computer. On the internet we are constantly surrounded by inspirational images & quotes to the point where it can become overwhelming! Instead of looking for inspiration on Pinterest or Tumblr, take a break to unplug and go hunting for real world inspiration. Walking through nature or exploring a new town are sweet options. Get yourself around new faces, fresh air & sun, or somewhere you’ve never been.
2. Take a class or take up a new hobby. When things are feeling stale, take a local or online class in your career field. You’ll feel more confident because you’re expanding your knowledge, and gaining an extra edge. Also, throwing your energy into a new hobby can create a much needed healthy distraction from your work!
3. Change your surroundings. If you’re feeling stuck at work, take a break from the office and spend a lunch break in a park or walking around a store. If you work at home, try changing your usual workplace to a different location. If it’s nice out, take the computer/notebook outside! Even just shaking things up by taking a different path driving or walking to where you need to go.
4. Do a blog reader clean-up. Go through the blogs you subscribe to and organize them by categories. Delete the ones that no longer inspire you, or that make you feel jealous or inadequate. Find some new favorite blogs to add to your dailies. Blogs written by people who you admire helps you keep a fresh perspective.
5. Make a goal timeline. Getting refocused will help kick you back into your groove. What’s that big goal that’s always in the back of your mind? Write down the steps you need to take to get there, complete with a projected timeline. Hang it somewhere you’ll see every day, get it out of your head and on paper so you can make it happen. Increased sense of purpose = increased drive and inspiration.
6. Take a break. If you’ve been too busy, slow it down. Leave time for yourself so you avoid feeling burnt out. Comparatively, if you’re feeling bored by your routine, add something new.
7. Escape. Watch that feel-good movie you’ve always wanted to see. Watch a movie with your favorite actress or actor, the one you’ve always secretly wished you were in real life.