Feeling Uninspired?: 6 Best Ways To Find Inspiration

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Creating a list, writing a tutorial, discussing things, designing a logo, painting, or sculpting, no matter what form of art you wish to create it is, often, difficult to begin. Writers and designers may sit for several hours waiting for inspiration to kick in but unfortunately it does not come. Fortunately we are built to continue on learning, inherently we are beings capable of finding our own ways to survive in the trade we are into.

Below are easy steps that you can do to find or boost your morale towards anything you wish to do in life. Easy, yet takes courage to deal with; mind you that what is to follow are things of longterm effect. Get out of your comfort zone and start finding out where that shy inspiration went to.

What Every Writer and Designer Fear

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Great talent is common but great inspiration is not. There comes a time when you just can’t seem to figure out what to do next, you know you have to do something but what? Contrary to popular belief it is not that your mind is “empty” of things to think of but full of unnecessary thoughts. Ironically you can’t force these unnecessary thoughts out, they can only be dealt with calmness and..the tips below.

Where to Find Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere, except inside your room. Go out once in a while and breathe fresh air, see new faces, marvel at the sight of a building, go to the shopping mall, or find a place where you can be alone and contemplate (no, your room is not included).

1. Cultivate Your Imagination

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Let your imagination run wild, do not suppress the things that enter your mind. Remember when you were still a child you say things that may sound stupid, you doodle on your note, sing a lyric-less song, and believe you have super powers? Your mind is a private thing, do not be ashamed to imagine yourself flying and shooting laser beams using your eyes. This refreshes the mind and gives enough avenue to be inspired by the simple, and foolish, things you may think of. Do not be intimidated by contradictions. Interpret bizarre stuffs through your words or designs, let it flow naturally.

2. Be Guided by Nature

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Art is an attempt to mimic nature’s beauty, but we can only get as closer as we want and never achieve perfection. As such, look into nature’s wealth and be inspired by how magnificently the mountains are carved, how poetic a hundred year old tree stands, in every stream flowing with life, and many things both cold and warm. There is a magic in nature that is hard to define, right?

3. Weekend (Window) Shopping

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T-shirt designs, the mall’s floor, the way people talk, signages, and anything that may seem new to the eye will give a jolt to the Inspiration part of your brain. Although a lot of people around you entails incessant buzzing, for sure it will help. Don’t let yourself suffer from staying inside your home two straight weeks, you are killing both your social life and things that may inspire you.

4. Learn to Share

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George Bernard Shaw said “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” You can merge two related ideas to form a new, and better, idea.

Share online and offline. Call your friends and talk about things, share your experiences and hear theirs. Aren’t you inspired yet to share?

5. Solitude Bears Fruit

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Be in a place where you can be alone to think of nothing at all and relax your mind. As opposed to finding inspiration, offer your self a break and just sit still or walk slowly. Consider your mind as a celebrity who, once in a while, needs to retreat from his legion of fans just to relax and think of nothing.

6. Try New Things

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Doing the same things over and over again will make you proficient with them, but change is little with it, you are then limiting your self to what is only at hand. Thus, new ideas and the drive to go on and give your best shot dies out with your unchanging life. As time moves forward, so should your learning be.

Try seeking places you’ve never been to and experience things you’ve seen only on the television. Sing with friends in a KTV even if you’re not good at it, dance, eat at a newly opened restaurant, challenge a chess grandmaster to a duel and feel despair, go to the park and play with kids, feed the birds, and feed your life with things out of your daily routine. I find playing RPG video games dramatically increase not only my vocabulary, but ideas to fuse with my work too. I was once a ninja and I decided to try writing, and I liked it.

Try many things and find what fits you and from there on you venture. Always seek higher mountains for a brand new perspective of the world at large.

Extra: Bring a Notebook or a Sketchpad

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Bring a small notebook or a sketchpad to jot down your thoughts wherever you are. Funny thing is you can’t write or sketch while showering which, ironically, is the time when all great ideas pop inside your head. And by the time you’ve wiped your hands dry and get to your computer or note, great ideas are already miles away, erased suddenly by a mysterious force. Who disagrees?

Feel free to share your ways of finding inspiration. Best of luck!

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Rean is the editor of 1stwebdesigner. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development. Rean also writes at Moneyarty.com, a blog dedicated to teaching people how to make money online.

13 Comments Best Comments First
  • Creative Arsi

    Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 07:42

    10

    i always hate reading Internet Articles…But I really love it infct it Totally Diffrnt and Sope will be helpfull to Imroves My Self…
    Wel really thnx to Share it :)

    +1
  • Kamryn

    Thursday, December 15th, 2011 03:34

    13

    Good to find an eperxt who knows what he’s talking about!

    +1
  • Howie

    Monday, November 1st, 2010 21:46

    5

    These sources for inspiration are also a great way to live a healthy life in general. I believe I think the “idea in the shower” phenomenon transfers over to the hot tub, where I seem to get most of my ideas lately… or maybe it’s the nature outside the hot tub.

    0
  • DJR

    Monday, November 1st, 2010 13:45

    4

    Love this post, inspiration when you have it makes you feel fantastic! when you loose it, you sit and wonder how you lost your talent… brilliant post mate, you have inspired me today to not give myself any limits!!

    0
  • Eko S

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 08:59

    6

    Great tips to find the inspiration, I’ll try….
    Thanks…

    0
  • Rahul

    Saturday, October 30th, 2010 17:52

    2

    owww very inspiring , i really have to admit this very new topic and unique as i have never read it before ! congrat.
    i loved every single point and i enjoyed reading , actually inspiration will absolutely be “available” once we stick to some of theses tips . Reading more can be inspiring or can give us inspiration i think ! having fun in general is totally a good idea !! :) well done and i loved the pictures !! hah :)

    0
  • Cosmin Negoita

    Sunday, October 31st, 2010 04:05

    3

    Nice article. It’s hard to get inspiration sometimes :(

    0
  • kray4cy

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 16:44

    7

    If you would like to sketch in the shower, a trick I overheard was to keep a divers board in the shower. Can still write and its waterproof!
    Great article though…thanks!

    0
  • Ahmed AG

    Saturday, October 30th, 2010 13:07

    1

    Helpful post, Thanks for the info

    0
  • Brett Widmann

    Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 21:44

    12

    These are really helpful tips! Thanks for the great info.

    0
  • ekramy

    Saturday, November 20th, 2010 03:50

    11

    Very nice article ..thanks

    0
  • Shrikrishna Meena

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 08:20

    9

    Useful article as some of this points are experienced by me also… and really boosted my engery and fun.
    Thanks, helped me to know more about this topic.

    0
  • pitso phera

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 22:29

    8

    super perfect, this is what keeps me going.

    0
  • Kamryn

    Thursday, December 15th, 2011 03:34

    13

    Good to find an eperxt who knows what he’s talking about!

    +1
  • Brett Widmann

    Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 21:44

    12

    These are really helpful tips! Thanks for the great info.

    0
  • ekramy

    Saturday, November 20th, 2010 03:50

    11

    Very nice article ..thanks

    0
  • Creative Arsi

    Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 07:42

    10

    i always hate reading Internet Articles…But I really love it infct it Totally Diffrnt and Sope will be helpfull to Imroves My Self…
    Wel really thnx to Share it :)

    +1
  • Shrikrishna Meena

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 08:20

    9

    Useful article as some of this points are experienced by me also… and really boosted my engery and fun.
    Thanks, helped me to know more about this topic.

    0
  • pitso phera

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 22:29

    8

    super perfect, this is what keeps me going.

    0
  • kray4cy

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 16:44

    7

    If you would like to sketch in the shower, a trick I overheard was to keep a divers board in the shower. Can still write and its waterproof!
    Great article though…thanks!

    0
  • Eko S

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 08:59

    6

    Great tips to find the inspiration, I’ll try….
    Thanks…

    0
  • Howie

    Monday, November 1st, 2010 21:46

    5

    These sources for inspiration are also a great way to live a healthy life in general. I believe I think the “idea in the shower” phenomenon transfers over to the hot tub, where I seem to get most of my ideas lately… or maybe it’s the nature outside the hot tub.

    0
  • DJR

    Monday, November 1st, 2010 13:45

    4

    Love this post, inspiration when you have it makes you feel fantastic! when you loose it, you sit and wonder how you lost your talent… brilliant post mate, you have inspired me today to not give myself any limits!!

    0
  • Cosmin Negoita

    Sunday, October 31st, 2010 04:05

    3

    Nice article. It’s hard to get inspiration sometimes :(

    0
  • Rahul

    Saturday, October 30th, 2010 17:52

    2

    owww very inspiring , i really have to admit this very new topic and unique as i have never read it before ! congrat.
    i loved every single point and i enjoyed reading , actually inspiration will absolutely be “available” once we stick to some of theses tips . Reading more can be inspiring or can give us inspiration i think ! having fun in general is totally a good idea !! :) well done and i loved the pictures !! hah :)

    0
  • Ahmed AG

    Saturday, October 30th, 2010 13:07

    1

    Helpful post, Thanks for the info

    0

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