Being inspired is one of those feelings that I can feel intensely or feel nothing at all. This can be problematic when you have a creative job and a desire to produce content regularly, but there are a few ways I’ve learnt how to get that inspiration back and I thought I would share them with you in case you’re in need of getting your inspiration back.
One of the easiest ways I find inspiration is by getting out. I find it hard to come up with new ideas and plans when I’m stuck inside staring at a blank piece of paper. So I try to get out as much as I can and simply experience ‘life’. I know it may sound kind of silly and fairly simple, but the best ideas always come to me when I’m out there experiencing things and not forcing myself to come up with ideas on the spot.
You can come up with a range of ideas from a whole range of experiences you go through on a daily basis. As the saying always goes ‘you learn something new everyday’ and this could not be truer.
I’ve always been someone who’s enjoyed reading and always find that ideas come to me after being inspired by something I’ve read and learnt. Whether this means books, magazines, other blogs and content creators, I love nothing more than being inspired by the things I read. Reading can really help me to put my own twist and spin on ideas by turning things onto my own experience or building my own ideas from a general topic.
Similar to getting out, I find reflecting on things can really help kick-start some inspiration for new projects or ideas for content. I like to look back on what I’ve been up to, what I’ve discovered recently, and how I’ve grown. This can help me to build ideas on what I’ve learnt or what I feel like I could share to help or benefit someone else who may be going through a similar situation.
I also like to make reflections on my previous work from the past month or so. This is a great way for me to not only get inspired for ideas, but it can also get me inspired to work harder and get creative.
I reread old posts, see what’s done well, reflect on goals and plans, which helps me to see what I can improve on and go further with e.g what topics could I wrote more about, what topics have been most popular and can I add anything else to it.
Another great way I gain inspiration is through listening. Now, this doesn’t just apply to listen to podcasts or videos I’ve found online from my favourite content creators, whilst these are great at being informative and helping to inspire me with my work, I find other methods like observing the current trends and noting what people want to know or want help with also useful.
I also like to listen to myself and what I feel I want to create. There’s nothing worse than creating content you’re not passionate about or you feel like you’re forced to put together. Nowadays I work to a less strict schedule which has really helped with my inspiration and kept me only posting posts that I feel a 100% happy with.
When I’m really struggling to find inspiration and come up with new ideas, I always go back to the beginning. I reflect on what was my purpose at the start of my content. Why did I want to create a blog? Why did I want to create content? What was the purpose of it? I go back to what was important and redefine my purpose.
I then take a moment to think about where I want to be and how I’ll get there. This always gives me so much motivation and inspiration to achieve my ambitions. I’m then able to use this focus and purpose to help kick-start new ideas or to continue with current ones where I might have had a bit of a roadblock. My mindset completely shifts and this really helps to inspire me all over again.
I’m then able to figure out what I want to work on.
How do you gain inspiration?