Two weeks ago I was feeling very bored and unmotivated. I was busy with work, but I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. I was slacking on my goals, coming up with excuses to not do tasks that I usually enjoy and just sitting around, wasting time. And generally, the longer you stay in that mindset, the harder it is to get out of it.
This time, I came up with the “12 months of living as an artist”-challenge and that definitely got me excited to start doing stuff again. But just in general, these are some of the other ways that I like to motivate and reinspire myself to get back to living life. Because life is too short not to.
Connect with your purpose
This is probably the most important thing you can do for anything. Re-establish why you’re doing things. Re-establish what it is you want out of life and why you want it. When we don’t feel as motivated about what we’re doing, or when we lose inspiration, it’s usually because we have forgotten why we’re doing those things.
I definitely forget why I’m still working on my thesis after almost three years. But then I remind myself that I’m almost done – that in only a few short months I’ll have my bachelor in communications. And how amazing is that going to be?
Write down what you want out of life and be specific. And then write down why you want it. For me, I want to create. I love writing, I love being creative. Even as a translator, I’m creating things. (This is probably why a challenge where I have to create art for an entire year got me really motivated.)
Change your routines and habits
When I’m feeling unmotivated, it’s sometimes because things are always the same. I’m just going through the motions. There are certain things that you can’t change – like work. But waking up at a different time, going to classes at the gym, reading a book instead of watching Netflix… There are so many different ways that you can change up your life.
Change up your environment
Our environment really affects the way we feel. I can’t concentrate on anything if my house or the room I’m in is messy. I want things to be clean and organised.
And even then, sometimes, you just have to move stuff around. Put your desk in a different place. Add a nice plant to your room. Or get a scented candle. Just anything to change up your room will make you feel happy and more inspired.
Make an inspiration board
I love doing this on Pinterest. Put things together that make you feel happy. Whether it’s pictures of coffee, nature, places you want to visit, books, whatever. It’s crazy how well this works!
Write down your future life
If someone told you that you were going five years into the future, what will your life be like? Don’t write down what you want it to be. Write down what it will be like.
“I’m going to be living here. I will have accomplished these things. I’ll be wearing these clothes.”
Writing it down and having it on a piece of paper works so much better than just thinking about it. Because if you can read it every time you feel uninspired, you’ll remember what you’re working towards. And you’ll start working towards that life.