Your Guide to Discovering Inspiration in Your Day-to-Day Life
Have you ever felt that you’re permanently set on auto-pilot and just watching life go by?
If that’s the case, you’re not alone.
Maybe you don’t know what your passion is exactly, or perhaps you do, but you don’t have that source of inspiration that makes you motivated to work on it.
Whatever situation you’re in, I think everyone at some point in their lives needs to focus on feeling more inspired.
Here are some ways to get started:
1. Reflect on what you’re passionate about
Take some time to sit down and think about what you love. When people talk about passions, they usually refer to something in the arts or something academic, like science. You don’t necessarily have to constrain yourself to these fields; your passion could be your career or caring for your family. It’s hard to describe what it means to be genuinely passionate about something, but people usually know when they encounter it, or at least, after some serious reflection. I know with me, I fell in love with writing at a young age, but it was only until later that I recognised it as something that I’m passionate about. So, remember that you may already know subconsciously what your passion is, you just have to bring it to the foreground.
2. Devise your goals
Now that you got your passion, figure out what you want to achieve here. For example, if your passion lies in looking after your family, then one of your goals could be to learn more about them and share some time together. If you’re a more visual person, you can use a vision board to find your inspiration. A vision board is a combination of images and affirmations that becomes a source of motivation for you. It should convey what your goals are and the steps you’ll do to achieve them so that when you look at it in your daily life, you’ll feel more compelled to get outside of your comfort zone. There are plenty of examples all over the internet, so if you feel that’ll help you, don’t hold back.
3. Plan out your daily routine
Being busy is a part of life. Sometimes it seems impossible to leave any time for the things you’re passionate about. There’s a saying that successful people have the same amount of time as everyone else. So it must be possible. The question is, how do you do it? The answer is scheduling. First, write down all the things you need to do in order of their priority, then figure out how much time you need to assign for each task. Then, slot in some time for your passion. I find that usually starting with an hour, and then gradually increasing the time works quite well for me, but it honestly depends on your situation. The idea is that, whenever you have some free time, focus on your passion.
4. Limit your use of social media
Social media is full of distractions, and distractions can eat up your precious time. When you’re writing up your schedule, designate some social media breaks that last for around 5-10 minutes after each task. Having a timer while you’re on social media will prevent you from going over the time limit. Though, I should also point out that social media can also be a good source of inspiration, as well. Then again, anything in excess isn’t going to be good for your well-being. And, as many of us know, social media can be very addicting, so keep up the good habits!
5. Explore new places
A lot of us are creatures of habit; we stick to what we know. But the same old environment will only make you think the same old thoughts. That’s not exactly a breeding ground for inspiration, right? By exposing yourself to different surroundings, you’re more likely to get new ideas that’ll get the creative juices flowing. You can be at a coffee shop working on your laptop, or immersing yourself in nature. It’s really up to you where you want to go, but linking it to your passion obviously has its benefits, in that, you’re more likely to be inspired. It also gives you the chance to meet some great people along the way, who can help you along in your endeavours.
As you long as you apply these tactics on a regular basis, you’ll find yourself becoming more and more engaged in your daily life. There will be times where you don’t feel inspired, or you’re taking a step backwards, but that doesn’t matter in the long run.
What matters is to keep on moving, and work towards achieving your goals in the most creative ways possible.