For me, there are two types of days: the days where I love my job, I feel inspired by my passion project and I have all the creativity in the world, or the days where I feel like I’ve run into a road block, I’m overwhelmed, and filled with self doubt. The first type of day is my favorite, it usually leads to me saying things like, “this was the best idea,” “I came up with this while in the shower,” and “I love what I do.” But with all jobs, especially creative jobs or entrepreneurial jobs, there are days when I just feel uninspired. When that feeling strikes, I have to listen to my body and make sure that I don’t just stay at my computer and try to overcome that block but instead go out and find inspiration. Here are some of the steps I take to find inspiration when feeling uninspired.
1 | Get Up and Get Out
As a designer, blogger, founder, laptop warrior, I spend way too much time by myself and on my computer and when that all catches up to me, I know that it is time to get up out of my desk chair, and get outside to either take a walk or go check the mailbox or just walk downstairs to refill a water bottle. I know that for some people and some jobs, going outside isn’t entirely possible but maybe it’s taking a lap around the office real quick, or going to fill up a glass of water, or getting a fresh cup of coffee. Sometimes all we need is a quick break to recenter and find that touch of inspiration we’ve been missing to find our solution.
2 | Check Pinterest
I do this a lot when I get stuck on a color scheme or aesthetic feel for whatever project that I’m currently working on. Pinterest has been my go to source of creative inspiration since my senior year in high school (when I first found it). I could spend hours scrolling through the perfectly curated feed and searching for the perfect recipe for dinner or dessert for breakfast (don’t judge). Because Pinterest acts like a search engine instead of a social media feed, it makes finding what you’re looking for ten times easier and more visual than a google search. So instead of the headaches that come from trying to find the perfect fall color pallets and then clicking ten links to get inspired, just open up Pinterest and get some fresh ideas.
3 | Exercise
Sometimes a change in routine helps spark inspiration when I’m feeling stuck. On days where I just feel like I’m in a rut, I like to hit pause on work, and get a quick workout routine in. I’m currently loving Barre3 Online Workouts because they’re pretty customizable depending on time from with classes ranging from 10 minutes to an hour. This is time that is solely for myself, which means that taking a step back from work. When I do sit back down at my desk, I’m refreshed, have clear eyes and am ready to tackle whatever project I’m working on again.
4 | Schedule a coffee meeting
Sometimes finding inspiration means finding someone who is inspirational. If I’m really stuck on a project or struggling to feel creative or just overwhelmed with what I’m doing, I try to schedule a coffee meeting with another creative person, whether it be a colleagues, mentor, or someone that I originally connected with on instagram. These meetings are so important because they help ground me to what I’m doing and help inspire me through encouraging and productive conversation.
5 | Remember why you started
One of the best pieces of advice I got when I started working for myself, was “When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.” I highly doubt that any of us started working, or creating, or going to school just because it is something to do but because we have an end goal, we have a reason. Sometimes in order to find inspiration we have to go back to the beginning and refocus on what we are working for.
What are some of the ways that you find inspiration when you are feeling uninspired? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!