Six Ways to Find Daily Inspiration
With all the tasks that litter your to-do lists, it’s no wonder you might be overwhelmed and uninspired. From meetings to conferences to the unread emails in your inbox, priorities at work often take up the lion’s share of your brain. Feeling inspired, be that at work or in your personal lives, is an afterthought as we plough through emails and check things off our task lists. But staying inspired is often the missing link when it comes to success in any area of life, and here are six ways to get yourself off the hamster wheel of mindless productivity.
- Keep Your Hands Busy the Old-Fashioned Way
Whether it’s writing a to-do list for work, scribbling ideas for a project, or doodling in a notebook, it’s important to give yourself a break from screens. Limiting screen time is a quick-fix to reboot your creative side and unlock some of that hidden inspiration. Hand-writing notes helps your brain process and remember information more thoroughly and faster, which will give your brain the break it needs to get those creative juices flowing.
- Get Adventurous
It can be something as simple as changing the way your desk is set up at work or going out to explore new parts of the city. Getting out of your comfort zone is a terrific way to get yourself out of a rut — and you never know where inspiration might strike.
- Take Advantage of Social Media
While a screen-heavy activity, engaging in social could serve as a well-deserved break from rough days at work. Try not to engage in mindless scrolling but find the right spaces, be that lifestyle bloggers, fitness coaches, or inspirational pages, that could give you that push to try something new, look at things in a new light, or even change you fundamentally.
- Learn, Learn, Learn
Never stop being a student. Don’t pass up the opportunity to learn a new skill, develop one you already have, or acquire new information. Seek out classes (either online or in-person), watch documentaries, subscribe to interesting mailing lists, or sit down for advice from a well-informed colleague.
- Make Use of the Things Around You
Find new ways to make the most of what you have. It could be taking a more scenic route to work, taking advantage of training programs at work, or finally making use of the nearby pool or gym. By thinking up new ways to use the tools you already have, you’re allowing yourself to be creative and see things in a new light.
- Slow Down
Give yourself a chance to slow down every day. Taking time to yourself to do next to nothing is often key to coming up with creative solutions. Whether that’s a way to solve a problem brought to you by a client or completing a lingering project, giving yourself time to think of solutions in a quiet space without distractions can help unlock inspiration that was there all along.