It’s so easy to get drained when you’re dream-chasing or working hard towards set goals. Often times, you might find yourself asking why you even bother putting in all that work, but you do it for the love and so you just keep going till your energy gets completely zapped – sound familiar?
Two weeks ago, I went through a whole week of creative block. It was extremely difficult to focus on working or doing anything else – both my mind and body had temporarily shut down and with all that I had to do I couldn’t afford to be in that state. Not taking a break when you’re low on creative fuel will cost you more in the long run – unfortunately, I learnt this the hard way.
Contrary to what some people may think, creativity takes effort – yes, creativity might be innate but a lot of it is influenced by conversation, experiences, seeing things from a new perspective and other external factors. You can never downplay the importance of taking time to refresh your mind.
That said, I thought I’d share a few ways I find inspiration whenever I feel unproductive.
Put on those dancing shoes
A lot of people don’t know this about me but I’m a really good dancer (at least I think I am). Dancing lifts my spirit and makes me feel so energized. Sometimes, I watch choreographed videos and attempt to re-create the steps, other times I freestyle as part of my morning or evening work-out. If you’re not cut out for dancing, try cycling, going for a run, or working out at the gym – exercise does amazing things, not only for the body but also for the mind.
I REALLY enjoy spending time alone. There’s so much self-improvement that can come out of taking time to think and pray or just strategize. In my alone time, I usually write in my journal, make plans, watch a TV show or sometimes just take a nap. Getting away from noise and the daily drama your routine might bring helps you settle yourself and relax. The best ideas often come when the mind is relaxed and the body is inactive.
One of my favourite things to do is to take time away – I absolutely love escaping and exploring. Seeing more of the world helps you think deeper and ask yourself important questions. That’s what I love the most about travelling – it forces you to see life from a new perspective. Every city brings its own unique experience – from the food, to the people and the culture. The more you engage with the different aspects of life that a city has to offer, the more knowledge you gain. Knowledge is crucial in creating ideas and solving problems. So as much as you can, take time away from work.
Listen to music
This is probably the most obvious way to find inspiration. There’s nothing good music and some delicious snacks/dessert can’t solve (I have a sweet tooth, what did you expect?)
Break the routine
I get bored really quickly and so I don’t do well with routines. There’s no doubt that scheduling every single hour of your day helps you achieve more, but sometimes you just have to break the routine. Structure is great but it can also be very limiting. Try moving things around on your calendar and make room for a few hours in the day when you do something different – it could be taking a walk, getting a snack or catching up with family.
Revisit your goal sheet or vision board
Written goals keep you accountable and revisiting them in your most unproductive moments could help put back the fire in you. Take some time to figure out what goals should be prioritized and which ones should be pushed back. You’ll feel less overwhelmed once you give each goal a realistic time frame.
Got more tips on how to stay inspired? Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear them. xo