How To Get Inspired
Suffering from writer’s block? Struggling to think of anything new? If you’re lacking motivation or finding it hard to feel inspired, there are things you can do to kickstart your creativity. It’s too easy to give yourself a hard time if you’re not firing on all cylinders. But really, all you need to do is follow one of these 10 ways to get charged up and inspired.
1. Get Your Heart Rate Up
You might be bored of hearing this by now, but exercise is the answer to most of life’s problems. Increasing your heart rate – whether you’re running, cycling, or even just walking up and down the stairs – releases endorphins in your brain. This has the effect of making you feel happier, fresher, and more inspired. If you work in a creative industry, exercise is a great way of starting the day – you’ll walk into the office with a brain full of ideas.
2. Watch A Ted Talk
If you’re looking at this and thinking: ‘what’s a Ted Talk?’, you need to get to YouTube immediately. There are thousands of inspiring lectures from some of the world’s most incredible minds. Whatever your industry, there’s probably a Ted Talk on the subject. And even if there isn’t, you’ll find something inspirational that will help get you charged up. We’d recommend: ‘Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance’ by Angela Lee Duckworth. It constantly pops up in lists of the best Ted Talks and is sure to get you fired up and ready to work.
3. Change Your Environment
There’s nothing like staring at a screen to kill your creativity. A change of environment can do your mind wonders. Whether that means leaving your office and going for a walk or moving to a different country, mixing things up can spark ideas. You could even rearrange the room your working in and try and improve the feng shui by getting rid of clutter. As they say, a clear space equals a clear mind.
4. Write Down Every Idea You Can Think Of
You might read that and think – the whole point is that you can’t think of any ideas. Don’t worry, we understand that. When you are stuck for inspiration, it can be hard to even string a cohesive thought together in your head. The whole point of this exercise is brainstorming. Get a blank piece of paper and start writing anything that pops up, even if it seems ridiculous. It gets the creative juices flowing and can eventually lead to something brilliant. This works especially well if you’re trying to come up with a title for a book, a headline for an article, or a song idea.
5. Team Up With Other People
Working solo is great sometimes, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. The great thing about working in a team is that you can use others as a sounding board. Not every creative endeavor lends itself to collaboration, but it’s always worth a try. For example, if you’re starting a business on your own, why not ask a couple of friends to be a focus group. You can tell them your ideas and get their feedback. They might think of something that hasn’t even occurred to you.
6. Remove All Distractions
Distractions are the enemy of productivity and inspiration. Sometimes, that big idea you’re looking for is right around the corner – but you need to focus to find it. If you’re trying to work in a busy environment, your mind will keep wandering at the task in hand. True concentration is hard to come across, but there are a couple of things you can do to make it easier. For example, invest in a pair of noise-canceling headphones and play classical music. You can create a serene environment even in the busiest places.
7. Find Something That Inspires You
If you want to get pumped, you might need to look for outside inspiration. We don’t mean going into the garden and smelling the flowers. You should look at the things that inspired you in the first place. If you’re a musician, listen to your favorite artists. If you’re an athlete, watch videos of your favorite athletes on. Whatever you’re trying to achieve, there’s someone who has carved a similar path before you. YouTube is an amazing tool for inspiration – there’s so much content on there that can give you ideas and get you all fired up.
8. Educate Yourself
Sometimes, a lack of ideas can come from a lack of knowledge. Don’t worry, we’re not saying you’re stupid, this happens to even the smartest of people. Ideas and inspiration often come when you learn about a subject. And it’s not like you have to travel to the nearest library to read up on a topic. Search your subject into Google Books and see if there are any titles that pique your curiosity.
We know there are some conflicting ideas on this list. One minute we’re telling you to fill your mind with information, the next we’re telling you to clear it completely. The reason is, there’s no set way to get charged up and inspired – everyone works differently. Going for a walk might work for one person and remaining at a desk will work for another. Meditation, however, is a proven way to improve focus, mood, and just about every other aspect of your life. It doesn’t happen overnight though, you need to meditate regularly to see any real effect.
10. Play Around With Deadlines
They say that deadlines are the biggest inspirational of all. But that’s not the case for everyone. If you’re working to a deadline, there’s not much you can do about that. However, if you’re working to self-imposed deadlines, it might help to change them up or remove them entirely. Time-pressure can make some people work better, but for others, it can kill inspiration and motivation. Give yourself time to work on a task and you will probably find that you enjoy it more. Or, if that doesn’t work, set yourself small and achievable deadlines.