Inspiration is an abstract, intangible influence that gives you positive motivation towards your work. Finding inspiration is the tricky part.
Writer’s block, trouble focusing, and laziness are all common symptoms of simply feeling uninspired. Erik Devaney, Content Strategist at HubSpot, describes how finding inspiration can often come from unlikely sources and where we can find them.
Inspiration is rooted in three key psychological components:
- Evocation | when a spontaneous thought is triggered in your mind
- Transcendence | when you are able to see something in a new perspective
- Motivation | when you’re compelled to put an idea into action
These three factors help us understand the foundation of inspiration. It’s much more powerful than just being motivated. It causes us to think in new ways and results in big, breakthrough moments. Try these unconventional techniques to spark inspiration in new ways.
Embrace Your Daydreams
In daydreams, we aren’t preoccupied with the stresses of reality. Your mind floats freely between real life and fantasy, making it the perfect activity for drawing inspiration.
Pull an All-Nighter
Skipping sleep might help you get a new perspective. When faced with a creative problem, research shows that you’re better off approaching it at alternative hours. If you’re tired and unfocused, you’re more vulnerable to new ideas.
Get Outside Your Bubble
The same places, people, and events in your life can get boring quickly. Change what your normal routine consists of. People with a high level of “openness to experience” are more intellectually curious and in turn more frequently inspired.