We’re approaching the point in the semester where motivation is heard to find. We’ve made it through midterms, but finals are quickly approaching and Thanksgiving is so close, but so far. It’s easy to feel uninspired, exhausted, and retreat to your bed instead of spending time outside or with friends now that it’s finally cooled down. I know it’s affected me, and I’ve been struggling to find the creativity needed for the blog. Today I’m sharing some ideas on how to beat the burnout and find inspiration and motivation to keep going that tend to help me and hopefully can help you too.
Put pen to paper – When I’m struggling to get homework done or come up with new ideas, I always try to switch from my computer to a notebook. When I’m on my computer it’s so easy for me to get distracted or avoid what I need to be doing, but when you take yourself away from the screen and the temptations of Facebook, it’s easy to concentrate on what you’re doing. Once you start writing ideas will start flowing and you’ll get a lot more done in much less time.
Read a book or listen to a podcast – I think it’s ironic that I love true crime podcasts because I tend to avoid murder mystery novels in favor of classic fiction. Whatever you prefer, getting swept up in another story is better for your brain than just binge-watching a show on Netflix and will give you a chance to relax and take some time for yourself. I'm currently listening to Up & Vanished and it's by a millennial who loved true crime podcasts so much he decided to make his own!
Listen to a Ted Talk or speech - Monday night I was scrolling through Facebook and saw two of my friends had shared the same video of a speech Reese Witherspoon gave two years ago. I stopped scrolling to see what it was about. I’ve always admired Reese but she really killed it with this speech. One of my favorite lines was “like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated.” In her speech, Reese challenged the crowd (specifically the females in the room) to do what they think they cannot do, to be more ambitious and to believe in themselves and their abilities. I was floored, and not just because it sounded like a speech Elle Woods would give. Sometimes, all it takes a good speech to get you thinking.
What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?