Happy New Year everyone! With the onset of a new beginning, we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do better, to be better. And usually, these goals involve our work lives. But what happens when inspiration doesn’t strike?
No matter what profession you work in, you need to feel inspired to do your job, but as a blogger the pressure to constantly create is massive. For a lot of bloggers, our jobs are who we are, our entire lives are our content and it can be hard to keep up with the amount needed if you don’t feel inspired by anything.
So I’ve decided to list the things that I do when I’m feeling uninspired and hopefully they will help you, no matter what your profession!
How to find inspiration this year.
LEAVE THE HOUSE
Working from home it’s easy to get stuck in a routine and forget a little about the outside world. Getting bogged down in workloads and never actually leaving the house. Trust me when I say this will result in you feeling unmotivated and uninspired. Head to a coffee shop a couple of days a week and work from there or look into a shared office space. Changing your surroundings will help you to find inspiration.
Whenever I feel uninspired I love watching documentaries. In general I love watching documentaries; from fashion to crime, music to the natural world I just can’t get enough of them. But when it comes to feeling uninspired in work I tend to stick to Fashion, Art and Music as I find these give me the most inspiration, here are a few of my favourites; Jean-Michel Basquiat – The Radiant Child, Iris, Diana Vreeland, Beautiful Darling, Paris is Burning, a band called Death and Dries.
READ READ READ
Whilst my yearly magazine subscriptions might be a thing of the past I still try and read as much as possible. Whether it’s indie magazines, blogs, fashion powerhouses or books I try and take time out of my day to read. Not only to keep up to date with whats happening in the industry but to feel inspired. You might think it’s impossible but I try and read whilst I’m having breakfast in the morning and when I’m having lunch, even if it’s just one article at a time.
The space you work in can seriously affect how motivated and inspired you are, so if you aren’t feeling your office/workspace then change it! I’m not talking about a full on DIY SOS/changing rooms situation, but having a little move around or a fresh lick of paint can really transform your space. The main thing I’ve found that helps me is to curate my desk with things I love, these can be anything from fresh flowers, candles or books I am reading. Having cute artwork also helps!
TRY SOMETHING NEW
It’s really easy to feel stuck in a rut when you are uninspired and I’ve found the best way to find inspiration is to try something new. Maybe you’ve always wanted to take up knitting (I have and it’s my goal this year to actually learn!), or to try yoga or to go take an art class. Trying something new can give you a whole new avenue of inspiration to draw upon. Even if you try it and end up hating it, don’t give up! Just try something else until you find something that sticks.
FOCUS ON SOMETHING ELSE
When you are lacking creativity it can be hard not to put all your energy into getting that creativity back. But sometimes you need to step away from it and do something else entirely. Now if you have a pile of deadlines looming it can feel counterproductive to step away from your computer completely, so just focus on a task that needs no creativity. Clear your email list, sort our your broken links or do one of the other hundred million admin tasks that you have, once it’s completed you’ll feel so much better and will hopefully have a new lease of creativity to unleash!
TAKE A BREAK
Stepping away from your computer and all social media can feel panic inducing but getting away from it, even for a day, can really help to find inspiration. I find going to museums is a great help, not only are they massively inspiring but they actively discourage you to use your phone, so you have no choice but to immerse yourself in your surroundings. If you have longer than a few hours then head to a day spa or take a log cabin break in the countryside, and leave your laptop at home.
I always feel so inspired when I come back from a trip, not only do I want to talk about all the amazing places I found, I also have a new lease of energy. With flights to Europe so cheap and so fast it’s the perfect quick motivational getaway. Even just wandering around a different city can be so inspiring, from the architecture, trying different food, and people watching, there will always be something new to see. I promise you will come back feeling ready to conquer the world!
TALK TO YOUR PEERS
It’s easy to feel like you are the only one stuck in an uninspired rut, but you are not alone. Talk to your peers, call your friends, even if it’s just to have a rant down the phone, getting it all out in the open will not only help lighten the pressure, it’ll give you a chance to bounce some ideas around. You never know, that rant could end in the best idea you’ve ever had! But even if it doesn’t, at least you’ve got it off your chest and you can move forward and tackle the problem. As my mum says “two heads are better than one”.
I hope my guide on ‘How to Find Inspiration’ helped, here’s to an inspiring year ahead.