I asked for content ideas a few weeks back and one of the most common questions you guys asked was “how do you keep from getting into a rut?” I wasn’t sure how to answer that one because to be honest, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s inevitable for creatives to sometimes feel uninspired and out of ideas. There is no reason to feel shame or less than because of it. 


With that being said, over the last couple of years, I have developed some hacks that help me prevent burn out and stay inspired. Here are a few of my favorites: 


1. Start your morning slow

This one does not come naturally, let me tell you. Maybe you are like me and want to check your email or chip away at your to-do list the moment you wake up. I'm slowly learning to re-wire my mornings and what a difference it has made. No first thing in the morning emails, no rushing to check my social media, no more letting my business run me.

Start your morning doing something that fills you up so that when you are ready to start work, you have something in you to give.

The perfect morning is different for everyone, but here is a peek into mine:
Wake up around 7 or 7:30, go to the gym or go for a run down by the waterfront, shower, make a delicious healthy breakfast, and enjoy it (without my computer in front of me) while taking a few minutes to to read and journal.

When i finally sit down at my computer, I already feel accomplished and in control of my day instead of letting my work control it. Try it and let me know the difference it makes!



2. Create A to-do List

When I do sit down at my computer, the first thing I like to do it to create a to-do list. Sometimes the list can be quite long but I put them in order of importance and choose the top two or three most important tasks to get done that day. Without a to-do list, I feel scatterbrained and tend to jump around from project to project without making significant progress on any of it.

For my to-do lists, I use the Todist app. I have it on my computer and it syncs to my phone so that I can access it anywhere. You can divide it up into different lists depending on your projects or can even use it for things like groceries and packing.



3. Go on a Walk

Is walking considered a hobby? Because it’s one of my very favorite things to do and some of my very best ideas come from my walks.  Never underestimate the power of a little bit of fresh air and some sunshine.  I love to put on a podcast or my favorite playlist and disconnect from my computer for a while. When I get back, I feel re-energized and ready to get work done.



4. Listen to Podcasts.

Podcasts inspire the heck out of me. Nothing motivates me up quite like listening to other people relentlessly pursue their dreams. It’s contagious. Also, the amount of things I have learned from podcasts is unreal. They are such an awesome tool for growth and if you aren’t taking advantage of them yet, what are you waiting for?

I listen to a pretty diverse group of podcasts, but creative and business podcasts seem to inspire me the most.  I’m currently binging the Storybrand podcast by Donald Miller but would love to hear what you're listening to!



5.  Have a Healthy Diet

What does a healthy diet have to do with inspiration? In my case, A LOT.

I’ve found that when I fuel my body with healthy foods, I feel more energized, motivated, creative and overall just happier. Days where I don’t fuel my body with good foods, I feel sluggish, tired and uninspired.



6. Make time for your hobbies

Hobbies are a great way to take your stresses off of every day life. Whether its hiking, painting, biking, thrifting, video games or whatever your thing is! Take time to disconnect and do something that you love. 



7. Walk Away

We’ve all been there. You have a problem that you spend HOURS trying to come up with a solution to and you finally give up and go to bed. You wake up the next morning, look at it with a fresh pair of eyes and within a few minutes the problem is solved. 

This is a huge one for me, especially in the logo creation process. Sometimes I will spend hours on hours trying to come up with the perfect logo and no matter how hard I try, it’s just not there. I use to make myself “push through” and not let myself move on until I completed the work. The result was usually work that I wasn’t proud of. 

Now, I take a break and work on something else, go on a walk, or do something that fills me up. When it’s time to sit back at my computer with fresh eyes, I usually think of a solution that I hadn’t thought of yet.

I hope these 7 little hacks bring you value and help you to stay inspired. I’m always interested to hear how others stay inspired and motivated and would love if you let me know in the comments below!