1. I engage in a lot of quiet time
Becoming comfortable with solitude has definitely been something I have worked very hard for. To be honest, to this day it can still be very challenging for me.
People, events, and to-do lists are abundant in so many of our lives. This constant lineup of different directions eventually puts us into overdrive, and we end up steering away from what we really want, what we really believe, and who we really are.
In order for us to not completely lose our minds in the pandemonium that is our world, it’s important for us to just be with ourselves.
I recommend finding a spot or developing a routine that is quiet and feels safe for you. This could be on a rooftop, it could be walking your dog before the world has woken up, it can even be as simple as sitting in your backyard with a cup of hot chocolate.
Many different thoughts are sure to aggressively come rushing in; and this would be the perfect moment to embrace them, challenge them, or simply just let them be what they are. You’ll notice that this conversation will become completely inward — something that you may have been avoiding all day, all week, and maybe even your entire life.
I personally love walking to the farmers’ market every Saturday. It’s quite a long trek, so it really allows me to clear my mind, make peace with myself and others, and refocus my attention on my priorities. But it doesn’t just render as an act of self-love, it also acts as a creative juice flowing MACHINE. All of my best ideas have stemmed from quiet moments with myself such as this walk, sitting still at a park and observing nature, and even skipping rocks by the oceanside.
2. I keep an idea journal by my side at all times
I want to make sure that my ideas won’t just be a fleeting memory. As soon as I have an incandescent light bulb pop up over my head, I make certain that I write all of my ideas down, so I can execute them later.
I like carrying around a tiny notebook and pen that can slide into whatever I have with me: my purse, my backpack, my wallet, and even the pocket of my jeans.
You just never know when your next brainchild is going to pop up in your head, so it’s important to always be prepared.
3. I write uninhibitedly then piece everything together later
Whether it’s in my mini notebook, my journal, or in a blog post, I always just let my brain spill its contents, whilst allowing my hand to be the machine, and the pen to be the vehicle.
I exhaust everything that comes into my head about the topic.
Once everything has been written, I edit until my hodgepodge of words become smooth and coherent.
4. I work outside of my home at least 3 times a week
Oh my goodness. Anyone who works from home has known the struggle of being trapped indoors by themselves and glued to their home office all throughout their work week. Life begins to become really repetitive and then out of the blue, you begin to feel sad because you’re lonely and isolated from the rest of the real world.
I am super guilty of doing this in the wintertime. It’s already grey and rainy out, so why bother, right? WRONG, NIA. Wrong.
So ever since my stay-indoors-at-all-times-fiasco, I began leaving the house to work at least 3 times a week.
My favourite spot to work is (of course) at coffee shops. Something about the moderate amount of noise and being around other people who are being productive really makes me zone out and work hard. In fact, when I am working from my home office, I play Coffitivity to help me concentrate and pump out some creative work.
A place that often gets overlooked as a good workplace is the museum. It might sound a little strange at first, but I’ve gotten some great work done at the one next to my house. The public areas usually offer free WIFI and give off the same ambience a coffee shop does.
My least favourite place to work is the library, simply because it just feels so serious in there. However, it’s still somewhere I go to work occasionally when I’m in need for a change of scenery and some comfy seating.
5. I stay organized
Staying organized is really one of the only things that keeps me motivated to continue working. When my desk is a disaster or I’m behind on certain tasks, it distracts me from the work I’m supposed to be doing on that particular day.
This is why prior to getting started with anything new, I focus on organizing and catching up on any work that’s behind schedule. After that’s done, I make sure I’m prepared for the day by writing all of the tasks that need to be completed priority first.
Aside from just that day, I also make sure I’m prepared and organized for the following week, month, and beyond. I use an agenda to plan all of my upcoming blog posts and events, I straighten out my filing, I measure the growth of my blog, I schedule my pins, I arrange my emails into different folders, and so on and so forth.
Staying organized really just makes life a million times easier that way.
So, tell me. How do you stay inspired? Do we share any of the same creative processes or routines? Any of these you’ll be trying? Let’s chat below. 🙂