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Finding Inspiration And Motivation To Get The Job Done

26 Apr

Lately I have had a major case of writer’s block. I know it sounds silly. How can a person really get writers block when writing about career tips and the like, right? I thought the same thing. I kept thinking that if I waited another hour or another day something exciting would come to me, but it didn’t. Usually I am full of ideas to write about, research, and discuss, but lately I have just been lacking motivation and inspiration. I think it may be do to the fact that the past few weeks at work have been painstakingly slow. I literally find myself wishing that I was lost under a pile of never-ending projects and paper as opposed to sitting at my desk waiting for something to come along. This boredom at work has filtered over into my passion of writing, leaving me with no new ideas.

So today it finally hit me. I have writer’s block and I need some major inspiration. Then  I thought, why not write about that. Surely everyone in business needs a little creativity to get projects done, right? And surely everyone, not just writers, get stuck on a project that they just can’t seem to get rid of. What is one to do when they find themselves in this position? What should you do to find the motivation you need to get creative and get the job done?

Exercise

Exercise allows you to take whatever is on your mind and throw it out the window for that period of time. Breaking a sweat is a great way to clear your mind and start anew.

Change Your Scenery

I often write my blog posts in the same place – on my couch in our house. Sometimes it is hard to find inspiration while watching tv or listening to my dogs wrestle in the living room. If you find that you are lacking motivation or inspiration to finish or start a project, try changing your scenery. Go take your work and sit outside in the sun for thirty minutes, go to the local coffee shop and people watch, go to the beach – go anywhere that is different from where you usually are.

Listen to Music

A few minutes ago I was having a hard time deciding what to write about. In an effort to ease the tension  that had crept up into my neck, I turned on Pandora and listened  to music. I find that music always inspires me and puts me in a good mood. If you feel the same, try listening to music when you need that extra push to find your motivation.

Talk To People

Talking to people about the topic you write about will not doubt give you some material to write about or work with. If you feel stuck on a project or some research you are doing, pop your head  into a co-worker’s office and ask them what they think. If you are a writer ask your friends some questions about the topic you are writing about and see if that helps you find something to work with.

Change Up Your Routine

If you are stuck in the same routine every day things may get a little boring or seem repetitive. If you find yourself lacking motivation, try changing things up. I notice that when I do things a little differently than the last time it gives me a little more pep in my step. If you have been stuck at your desk for hours staring at a blank computer screen, take a walk around the block or do something out of the ordinary. Change things up and make your life more exciting.

Take a Break

Sometimes I find that if I work myself too hard I become exhausted. Exhaustion can then turn into being burned out and not having any motivation to do more work. My husband, who works very hard, tells me sometimes that he lacks motivation. I try to tell him that it is because he works himself too hard. While it is great to be a dedicated worker and the best employee you can be, it is also important to make sure that you don’t burn yourself out. At the end of the day we are human and we cannot be going all of the time. If you find yourself lacking motivation, maybe it is a sign that you need to just take a break.

Just writing this article has given me so many new ideas, which is fabulous. Rather than reading all of the websites and newspapers that I normally read, I just started typing and it helped me. What do you do when you find yourself lacking motivation or inspiration?