Sometimes though it’s really hard be on top of things…. Life just gets in the way! But you can pull yourself out of that. You can get back on top of things. You might just need a little shove in the right direction.
I asked some of my favourite online friends below how THEY stay inspired. But first what do YOU do when you feel your motivation is lacking? What about when you look around at other people and wonder how they get things done and always seem on top of their daily tasks? How come they seem to be doing so well at things??
Here are some of my tips:
► A quick trip away
A change of scenery makes you think clearer. Take a day trip, a drive, a walk… If you can sneak in an overnight trip somewhere then that’s even better. Sometimes a new place, new views and new memories can invigorate your mojo.
► Having things to do daily keeps you motivated
If the days are always the same it becomes monotonous and very boring. Find tasks to complete. Write a list, tick them off. Join a Facebook group or a blog challenge. Next month I am joining a Happy, Healthy Home 30 day challenge. I just wanted to be a part of something and have something to look forward to each day 🙂
► Don’t make your job a chore
Love what you do! It’s the old favourite saying though isn’t it? Easier said than done because our jobs pay our bills. But learning to like it each day (or striving towards a promotion, or a change) will keep you inspired and more focused on bigger and better things.
► Eat the frog first
Simply put, you want to do the things you need to do but don’t want to do first. This way you’ve done the ‘worst’ thing already and are happier to do the other tasks by comparison. I try to do this most days. It helps me quickly move on with the day and sets the tone on how I will finish up.
► Freshen up your space often
Every time you clean your home you are removing negative energy. Cleaning your home or workspace will make it lighter and more positive. This is a result of organising, ridding yourself of things you no longer need and removing toxic items from your environment.
► Take a walk
Open your eyes and breathe it in. I am a shocker on this one. Sometimes you can find me out and about early in the morning for 3 weeks in a row and then nothing for 3 months. I am up and down and hot and cold. Sometimes I am motivated to get out when the sun is coming up, other times I’m happy to sit on my computer. BUT on the days I do get outside and move I feel much better for it.
Most people actually work better when under pressure. I am lazy if I don’t have to be pushed to the limit. I like being under the pump because I always get a lot more done. If it’s school holidays and I really don’t have to be anywhere then I don’t do much! So I am always unmotivated and uninspired. Give me a deadline and I’m all over it. You can also make deadlines for yourself. Stick it on the fridge and tell yourself a certain thing has to be done by that time. I do it with the folding of the washing. I might want to watch a tv show but I’ll say “I have to fold all of this and put it away in 20 minutes before I sit down.”
► Care less about the outcome
Caring too much about what others think robs us of our creative sense. It forces us to second-guess ourselves and prevents us from actually making our own choices for fear that the outcome won’t meet a ‘made-up’ standard set by someone else. Care less about what other people think and care less about the outcome. Just do it!
Here are some of the things which inspire people I admire…
Bron from Maxabella Loves –
Harmony inspires me. I look for it in nature, in people, in music, in my daily life. My eye seeks it out when I enter a room and my heart buzzes when I feel it happening between people. I am particularly taken when harmony exists even though the elements first seem to clash. Wild patterns that just go together or a conversation that crackles with objections.
Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim –
I think the easier question is what DOESN’T inspire me. I love life. I get so inspired by simple things, taking my camera or phone out and seeing the world through photography. I am inspired by my girls, and the way they get excited about seeing things for the first time. I get inspired by living in beautiful Australia, with it’s stunning coastlines. Travel inspires me, seeing the world and how different and similar it can be to my own home. As far as business and blogging goes, I’m inspired by my peers, by people doing really exciting and different things, and making a difference in the world.
Fleur from Our Urban Box –
Inspiration can be found everywhere when you allow yourself to be open to see it. I love to be inspired by other women who have had a dream and worked hard to make it come true. I get inspiration daily from my Instagram feed and all the beautiful home décor photos that are shared. And I love to fall down the rabbit hole of reading other blogs and finding inspiration along the way.
A-M from The House That A-M Built –
What inspires me? People who are big thinkers, with the confidence to live their own truth and not follow the crowd. People who feed their soul through truly caring for others, doing great work and loving what they do whilst doing it! People who really get that life is short and you only get one shot at it.
Kristie from Elements @ Home –
I am inspired by people and interior magazines. I love seeing peoples homes and their style in magazines…..real paper with front and back cover’s (not online). I love the whole emotion that comes with buying or getting a mag in the mail that I cant wait to sit down with and pour over the pages and see the people that have put looks together and the homes that are featured. Then I love to read the stories and how they live and how they interact with their space.
This gives me My 2nd inspiration, people. It comes from hearing their “real” stories. We all have one………either of adversity or overcoming hardship or just a “story” that is no one else’s. It intrigues me how each of us handle our stories, either very much the same or in a way I would never have imagined.
Dani from Dani Stevens –
People that take charge, make no excuses and have the energy to create a life they love and share it with everyone around them. I love being connected to people like that. I believe my own intrinsic motivation plays a huge role when it comes to being and feeling inspired by others. Most importantly I am a role model to our 4 beautiful children and to me, they are my biggest inspiration of all.