I’ve been feeling uninspired lately.
Ironically enough, this came out of an inner desire for more creative freedom. In my blog’s first 3 months, I was dedicated to language learning and travel. That’s it. Nothing else. No outfit pictures, photography hacks, life stories, artwork, all the stuff I wanted to do, yet I felt like I couldn’t do. Even though I love both traveling and learning languages, I found it difficult to write even 500-word articles, and I found it SO difficult to think of things to write about. I felt boxed in. Then, after envying other people’s blogs where they could write about whatever they wanted to, I decided to make the switch from a language learning & travel blog, to a lifestyle blog.
Before my little rant starts, I just wanted to tell you guys that I still will be writing about the things I used to write about, just it won’t be as frequently as I used to and I’ll also be writing about (and posting pictures about) a bunch of other stuff as well.
Even though I switched my blog’s niche to something that is less creatively restricting, I’ve still been finding it hard to think of things to write about. When I do decide what I want to blog about, it’s been taking me SO long to even form a couple of paragraphs. That’s why I have been making some lifestyle changes so that I start feeling more creative and start getting out of the restricting mindset I feel like I’ve been in for the last couple of months because of school.
Anyways, enough with the rant. Here’s what I’ve been doing to be more creative.
What I’ve been Doing to feel more Motivated & Creative
1. I write everything down
This may seem kinda obvious, but whenever I have an idea, I write it down for later. It might be an idea for a graphic, a blog post idea, a photography idea, etc. You get the gist. This will help you later when you might feel uninspired, so you can look back and piggyback off of past ideas you’ve had for whatever creative venture you’re on. I personally use Evernote so I can sync my notes from my computer to my phone and vice-versa, but your notes app or an old fashioned pen and notebook works just as good.
2. I’ve been drawing
It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist or a stick figure enthusiast, drawing will help your creative process. You could do it whenever you have a spare minute, or take 15 minutes a day just to draw whatever you feel like drawing. Drawing, no matter how talented or skilled you are at it, helps you express your abstract ideas and thoughts, especially if you find it difficult to describe your ideas with words. Along with that, it is another way to remember what your ideas are, no matter if it is for a blog, art project, or something entirely different.
3. I redid my desk space
During one of my days of absolute boredom yet uninspiration, I decided to redo my desk space, hoping to have a rejuvenated sense of creativity and spirit. My desk has always been cluttered and messy (I’ve always hoped its a sign that I’m a genius 🙂 ), so it took a while to clear all of the books, assorted types of pencils, Molotow Markers (my fav paint markers), and index cards off of my desk, only to just put them all back on my desk in a slightly more organized manner. I don’t know if it was placebo or this works for other people, but having a (slightly) different work environment made me want to work more, and made me feel more creative.
4. I took frequent breaks
I honestly think this is so important. Maybe I’m lazy, but when there’s something I really don’t wanna do, I take frequent breaks. I don’t recommend doing this, but when I have to do homework for my AP US History class, I work for 5 minutes then take a 5 minute break! Not the best strategy if you’re short on time, but it works for me and makes it less dreadful 🙂
I really like using the Pomodoro method, which is basically working for 20 minutes then taking a 5 minute break. Those 25 minute work and break sessions are each called a Pomodoro. After 4 Pomodoros, you take a long break, and then get back to work! If you’re interested, here’s a good Wikipedia article on the Pomodoro technique and how to use it.
Sometimes, when I’m taking one of those frequent breaks, I get so tired of waiting to finish it that I just work through the breaks to hurry up with whatever I’m doing. This obviously works well because I get things done even faster than was anticipated at first, plus I just stop being lazy.
Anyways guys, that’s the end of my mini-rant and my advice for becoming more motivated. I hope you guys enjoyed this article and enjoy my blog re-focus and re-design! – Maddie
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