I think it’s safe to say that no one is in the “flow” 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I know I’m not. In fact, I’m on the motivational struggle bus more often than not.
I recently went through a two-month period of absolutely zero inspiration. I felt “blah” from the tips of the toes to the top of my head. This is super frustrating, especially when you work from home and have to rely on good ole’ self will to get things done. Let’s just say I wasn’t overly productive for a good two months.
And then I went to a conference for my side-hustle business and got what felt like an inspiration IV hooked right up to my soul. One day I was dragging my feet complaining about not feeling motivated and inspired, and the next I had a fire under my bum and was ready to take on the world. Since then, my business and my personal life has flourished in ways I could only dream about a few months ago.
But, you can’t just go to a conference any time you are feeling uninspired. And even if you could, the inspiration it gave you would only last so long. Just like anything else worth having, in order to keep that inspiration, you have to work for it. So I created a list of small, daily habits I can do to make sure I didn’t lose my fire.
- Pick up a self-development book — While in Washington D.C. for the conference, I made a vow to work more on me. I’m always thinking about how I can make my business better, but it took me a long time to realize that my business was a direct reflection of myself. If I wasn’t in shape – mentally and spiritually – then my business could only grow so far. I recently finished “Mastering Your Mean Girl” by Melissa Ambrosini and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking to elevate their sense of self.
- Exercise while listening to a podcast — I don’t know why, but this combination is a sure-fire way to get my creative juices flowing. Five or six days a week I’ll go for a 30-40 minute jog and listen to a podcast related to my industry. Not only do I learn new things about my business, but I always come away with an idea I can implement that day to help my business grow. Sometimes I’ll listen to a self-development podcast, and the same thing happens. Endorphins + podcast = inspiration.
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier — I think not having enough time in the day is an excuse I hear almost every day as to why someone can’t be successful. It’s an excuse I myself use. But that’s all it is – an excuse. When I started waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier, it felt like I had five extra hours in my day. Most mornings I spend reading a self-development book, setting goals for the day, and making a gratitude list.
- Make a gratitude list everyday — This has been a game changer when it comes to my overall happiness and inspiration levels. I make a list of 3-5 things I’m grateful for every morning, and my entire day flows a little better. I’ve also started making mental gratitude lists when I feel uninspired or upset by something. Seriously, I dare you to try it for a week.
- Remember your why — This one is huge for me as well. When I get discouraged or uninspired or lack motivation to work my business, I dig down deep and remember why I started. My why includes wanting to work from home with my dog, wanting to make enough money to buy a house and travel, and wanting to help women change their lives. There are a bunch of smaller why’s, but those are my big ones. When I can remember what drove me to begin this journey, it’s a lot easier to continue on it.
What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?