Daily routines can eventually become boring and make you feel unmotivated, no matter whether you’ve been following them for days, weeks or months.
When that happens, you may tend to become upset, annoyed or possibly even become depressed, this will make it much harder to stay focused and inspired.
Whether you are unhappy with your job, losing motivation to go to the gym, or just tired of doing the same thing day in, day out – Something needs to be done.
If you don’t do anything about it, you might end up in a pool of negativity, as these things could start to affect your health, happiness and even your productivity.
To help you get back on track staying focused and inspired, here are 12 tips you can start to do right away.
1. Surround yourself with positive vibes
Get inspiration from positive and inspirational people both online and offline.
Interact with new people no matter how different they are from you – it may change your perspective and offer you a new outlook on certain areas of life. TED talks or interviews with inspirational people are good to watch too if you have some time to kill. Talks like “Why we do what we do” by Tony Robbins, “What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness” by Robert Waldinger, and “If I should have a daughter…” by Sarah Kay, are some great ones to start off with.
2. Make lists
What are some great things you plan to do? More importantly, what to you plan to do to achieve them? Little to do lists could help you stay on track short-term or long-term, depending what you choose to put on them. That’s the beauty of lists – you can choose to use them as a checklist or even just a little reminder to remind you of things you’d like to accomplish long-term.
3. Try something new
Have you been trying to get inspired the same way over and over again?
Try a different method of arriving at solutions – variety is the spice of life; you may have heard a couple of times.
I’d like to think that this statement is true, as a jolt in the system or a change in schedule may prompt you or inspire you to start doing something different. It may even end up energizing you; I remember when I finally joined a blogger’s group on Facebook and all the tips and advice from fellow bloggers really gave me a boost.
Exercise is a physiological/psychological way to spark some creativity by allowing more right brained emotions and ideas to come through. Find an activity that you like doing – hiking, swimming, going to the gym, playing a team sport – any sort of physical activity will wake your brain up, which is why I really enjoy starting off my day with lifting some weights at the gym.
5. Find Your Vision
What really is your vision?
A vision board – online or offline, may help inspire you the moment you wake up and get out of bed. Print out pictures, cut out magazine clippings, or grab anything else you like and create a collage out of it. I don’t personally do this, but visuals are great because they help you grasp an overview of the things you love and allow you to become more motivated to achieve goals.
6. Start Small
After beginning my own startup with my friend, no matter how much planning and patience and research we do, sometimes… we can get impatient. I’ve heard that because of our extremely speedy access to everything online, we’ve created this idea of ‘immediate gratification’. This is essentially what leads us to set unreasonably high goals!
Taking smaller steps towards your big goal will allow you to have achievements along the way, instead of solely having your only achievement as the finished product.
7. Spend time offline
Sometimes being online can be distracting rather than productive.
Going outside and spending time in nature or even on a hike can refresh your mind. What’s better than taking in the weather, life forms and animals, and the landscape around you for some natural inspiration?
8. Take risks
When I started my blog, my company, and whenever I decided in the past to go somewhere or do something on a whim – it was a risk. Without risks, you’ll never know what lies on the other side of the fence. Being inspired and finding your true potential requires some bravery. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
9. Practice self-care
No one is inspired when they aren’t feeling their best.
Practicing self-care, like meditating, going on a mini ‘vacation’, or spending a quiet night at home, will fulfill you and prepare you to focus on all the right things.
10. Read blogs
I couldn’t tell you how many blogs I’ve bookmarked to my bookmarks toolbar on my browser. I love to read lifestyle blogs that demonstrate new perspectives and great ways to enhance my own life. Reading a bunch of these regularly may inspire you to work on personal growth. I know that I’ve adopted some solid habits over the past few months just from reading blogs like smarttwenties and anniefay! Reading blogs also has that domino effect where it may lead you to other blogs, and other groups and causes that may interest you.
Interviews can give you a deeper insight into how someone thinks. I like to read interviews because it tells me what someone is passionate about, how someone copes with stress, what challenges someone has gone through, and all that fun stuff that people usually don’t talk about when making small talk.
12. Stay Open-Minded
Stay open-minded to anything that comes your way. Often, not everything that’s thrown in your direction is predictable or positive, meaning that you’re going to need to learn how to cope with it – are you going to take in these speed bumps as learning experiences, or something that stumps you?
Often, not everything that’s thrown in your direction is predictable or positive, meaning that you’re going to need to learn how to cope with it – are you going to take in these speed bumps as learning experiences, or something that stumps you?
Is there any tips we’ve not included? Let us know!