5 Tips For When You’re In A Slump or Unmotivated to Blog
“And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”
— Dr Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Have you ever sat down in front of your computer and not sure or how to start writing? You’re sitting there, type a few words, hit delete and start over?
Or your mind keeps wandering and then you decide to check your emails or social media platforms? Because anything would be better than sitting down to write.
I get it.
As creative people, it’s understandable that we have these type of days where we are in a slump and stuck for inspiration.
It isn’t that we aren’t enthusiastic about what we do, or that we just can’t be bothered. We just need that little kick of motivation to get going.
5 Tips For When You’re In A Slump Or Feeling Unmotivated
Here are a few tips and my thoughts on how to get yourself motivated again.
Take a Nap
If you’re feeling tired, don’t force yourself to start your work. Take a power nap instead. Power naps are short intense naps between 10 and 24 minutes in duration. Taking a power nap before 5pm can be a great way to re-energize and clear your mind before starting work on an important project that requires a fresh state of mind.
Watch an uplifting video on YouTube or put on some upbeat music
If you’re in a slump, you can set a short period of time aside (e.g. 5 or 10 minutes) to watch an inspirational video on YouTube or listen to some uplifting music. As long as this doesn’t lead to you spending hours of your day watching random videos instead of doing your work. An uplifting video or music can be a great way to get in the right mindset for a productive session of work.
Work in 5 minute Power Bursts
Invest in a timer and work in 5-minute power bursts. 5 minutes doesn’t sound like a very long period of time but it’s long enough to allow you to get into the swing of a particular activity. When you need to start work on a particular project, set the alarm and tell yourself “I’m going to focus on doing this for 5 minutes – no distractions!”.
Take a stroll in a garden, or anywhere with shrubs and greenery. Is there a local park? Are there lots of trees that you can walk around? Are there at least a few patches of grass close to where you live? Go out and walk in these places. You’ll be a lot more motivated after a brief physical exertion and some fresh air.
Accept Being Unmotivated
It’s ok to have these days. Often. we are too hard on ourselves that we have to have it all together – all the time. Take a break for a few hours, few days or even a few weeks. Recharge. Hit reset and start all over again.
And when none of these are working for you, check out this post from Melysa Griffin (formally The Nectar Collective). She shares 30 ways to feel like you accomplished something today.
What tricks and tips have you discovered to increase your motivation or give yourself a big boost? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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