10 ways to stay inspired
Okay, so you’ve hit a brick wall. You’re feeling uninspired, you’ve run out of ideas and you have no clue how to progress and what to do next. Yes, me too!
Sometimes it really does get like that, it’s a constant battle that you have to fight in order to stay creative and inspired, and maybe you’re business even counts on it.
It may just be that you need a change in environment or scenery.
So here are my tips on staying inspired:
Take time out
Embrace the process. You’ve hit a brick wall so take the time to assess on what you’ve done well so far. This is possibly your brain and ideas telling you it needs a rest to get your creative juices flowing again. Embrace these moments. They aren’t bad or negative as long as you do something about it. Get ready for something new!
Read a new book, (I would personally say stay away from self help books). Read something that’s about fantasy and imagination. Let your thoughts run wild a little, and let your inner child out to play.
“A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.”
Visit a museum/gallery
I know this sounds typical but it really helps you, seeing other peoples work and the story behind different things gives you a whole new perspective.
Go for a walk/drive
Sometimes you need a change in environment. You’re bed is great, but outside is greater! Get amongst nature and feel your surroundings.
Listen to music
I love music. I don’t think I’ve ever met or heard about someone who doesn’t. Music changes the way you feel and relate to things. When you think of the production and composition of a song and all it’s elements it can really leave you in awe.
Listen to podcasts
Find a podcast you like on different ideas, hearing a conversation and advice by others can help you come up wth your own ideas
Vision map/Mind map
Get things down on paper! I don’t know what it is but there is power in pen and paper. When you see your thoughts or ideas on paper you’re able to physically see where you’re going or what your trying to create. It’s literally making a visual representation of what’s in your head, it can be challenging at times but it helps translate what you’re thinking and helps you to narrow and simplify things.
Get in the right spaces/Talk to people
Speaking to other people can open a topic of conversation where you can bounce ideas off of one another. Perhaps you may be able to work or collaborate with others which can help you with your own ideas. Network, network, network. It’s hard and it may be scary but there have been so many conversations I’ve had with people where they have said something that has really inspired me, or something they’ve said has given me an amazing idea. In fact seeing and encountering others who are where you aspire to be can inspire you.
Follow the right people
Who are you following on social media? Are you following people in your field? What are they doing? Do they inspire you? It may be time follow some new people and have a fresh new feed. Start to engage with them and create relationships. See what you can draw from them and even give back to them. I have someone I follow online who’s work I love and I always ask for feedback on my own work.
Take a trip
If you have the money and enough time, take a mini break, go and experience a new country, see a different culture and different way of life. Even within Europe people live a completely different life to the way we do in London. The world is so big and beautiful and it’s a waste not to see it. Even if it’s a spa day, or hiking, do something new and exciting.