Inspiration is something that can find you at the most unexpected times, but it’s also something that you need to pursue. Inspiration won’t always come looking around for you. Often enough, admiring the work of others can help inspire your own ideas.
Here are a few things you can do to help increase your chances of getting inspired:
1. Go on an adventure
Getting a change of scenery can give you a new perspective on the world. This can be as simple as going on a local excursion or traveling to an entirely different city. When your surroundings are different, you notice the details more than you notice them in familiar places.
2. Read a book
Reading a book is like taking your mind on an adventure. You can lose yourself in someone else’s words, and find yourself walking away from the writing with a new spin on the world. That new spin, can generate new ideas.
3. Watch a critically acclaimed movie
Critically acclaimed movies can be works of art that make you think. By watching a more artistic film, you can get your own artistic ideas.
4. Go to a concert
Beautiful music, especially when played live, is a wonderful experience. The way your senses interact with the sounds and your surroundings, can trigger your own ideas.
5. Watch a documentary on a successful person
There’s no better motivation to stop sitting and start doing, than when you hear about the struggles and successes of a successful figure. If you find that you’re in a bit of a rut, it can help to hear about how other successful people have hit their own rough patches in life.
6. Write creatively
Writing can help you with brainstorming and the creative process.
7. Go for a walk or on a run
It can help to get away from whatever you’re working on, and start taking care of yourself more. And exercise can do precisely that.
8. Surprise someone
Doing something kind for someone else can help you look at life a little differently. So often we’re focused on ourselves, that when we shift that focus, it can change our outlook, which helps us creatively.
9. Go dancing
Similar to #7, dancing puts you in a different environment which can help you find inspiration. Sometimes having fun and getting outside of your head for a little bit, is all you need.
10. Just practice your craft
If you practice your craft even when you’re not feeling motivated or inspired, you can get a gust of inspiration simply by sitting down and making time for it.