It has been awhile since I sat myself down and started writing again. The collabs here and there don’t really count. I’m talking about blogging because I genuinely want to blog, not because I feel obligated to just because there’s a brand/company waiting to see what I have to say about their latest products. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy doing collaborations BUT there’s nothing better than blogging straight from your heart on topics that you love. I find it well suited to come back with a blog post that aligns directly with how I’ve been feeling: what to do when you’ve lost motivation. Here are my tips to feel inspired when you’ve lost motivation.
1. Figure Out Why
There’s a reason why you’ve lost motivation. You need to ask yourself why you’re feeling the way you do? What has been sucking everything out of you? There could be a number of underlying reasons to why you’ve lost motivation in something you were once so passionate about and it’s your job to figure out why.
I’m going to use blogging as the prime example for this blog post. I basically lost all motivation in blogging since September. At first, I had no idea why I was feeling so unmotivated and uninspired, but after thinking hard about it, I managed to come up with a few reasons.
-I had just entered my third year of my bachelor program, which meant that I needed to turn my focus towards school, building my portfolio, and applying for summer internships.
-I also realized that blogging was starting to feel more like a “job”, than a hobby.
2. Take a Break
Losing inspiration is like hitting the bottom of a relationship. Sometimes you’re just not feeling it anymore and you don’t know if this feeling is temporary or not. I always recommend taking a break whenever anyone feels uninspired or exhausted about anything in life, whether it’s your schooling, job, projects, relationships, etc. If it was meant to be, you’ll find yourself coming back to it.
3. Focus Your Energy Elsewhere
Try picking up a book, listening to a podcast, learning new skills, or working on a new project. Try focusing your energy elsewhere to give yourself a peace of mind. Hey, you may even pick up a new hobby from it! I’ve been reading “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero and it has really mentally helped me. I highly recommend this book! I’ve also been spending a lot of time learning new skills on Udemy that will help build my portfolio.
4. Find Inspiration
Once you feel like you’re refreshed and ready to go, then start looking for inspiration. I’ve been turning to social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. It also helps to read other blogs to help get your creative fuel going. Another way to find inspiration is to attend different events around your city and network with other like-minded individuals. It usually helps me when I reach out to other people because maybe they’ve been through the same things or they may even have a few brilliant tips for you.
5. Start Small
Now it’s time to things rolling, but wait, don’t be in such a rush. Start small and slow because if you try to dive right into it, you might quickly fall back again. It’s like trying to work out for the first time. Don’t expect to suddenly jump into the gym 5 days a week and follow a strict meal plan if you’re totally new to it. Let’s use blogging as an example: I used to blog 3 times a week, but I’m not going to try to jump right back into it. I’ll maybe start with one blog post a week, then slowly add another one each week once I feel like I’m on a roll. I can’t force myself to write content if I’m not mentally ready.
So here I am. I’m back to writing and I’m starting slow again, so please be patient with me! Huge thanks to all my readers who have been extremely supportive during this mini break. I can assure you soon enough that my blog will be back up and running as usual. Still trying to juggle a billion things at once, but I’m only human too 🙂
I hope these tips help whoever has lost motivation and need a bit of a pick-me-up. If you know anyone who has lost motivation, please do share because these tips may help someone else!