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5 Easy Ways To Become Inspired and Motivated

I am the most brilliant and motivated at night.

This is the second blog post that I have typed out tonight, and by tonight, I mean 12:11AM in the shadowy corner of my attic office. There’s currently no wifi connection, which also means no notifications or opportunity for distraction. Typically, I hate my dad’s rule of no wifi during sleeping hours, but tonight, there’s something wonderful about being completely unplugged. Well, not completely because I still have my downloaded music with my laptop and phone, but you get the point. For the first time in about two weeks, I am inspired to write. Not only do I finally have blog post ideas, but also the perfect mindset to write in. It’s amazing, especially since I haven’t felt this motivated since school ended.
I write a lot about motivation on my blog, even when I have a solid lack of it most of the time. However, these are the tips — albeit odd — that have truly pushed me forward recently. I hope they help you and propel you towards wherever you are reaching for in life.

1. Switch environments

After school, I typically work in my office for about 5 hours straight, either doing homework, writing blog posts, or binging Netflix shows. The latter is what I’ve found I’ve been doing the most often lately (Queer Eye is just too good of a show!) which made it REALLY hard to focus and work in a place that I had suddenly turned from workspace to chill space. So instead of staying there, I started doing blog and academic work at the library. The switch in environments helped me brain realize “hey, this is productive time, stop watching Netflix and actually get stuff done!” Whether its a local cafe, the library, or hell, even someone else’s house, trust me, switching environments works wonders, especially when you’re trying to become more motivated!

2. …or just clean up your current workspace!

If you can’t change where you are, at least make a conscious, physical effort to make it a place where you CAN actually get stuff done. I like to redo my desk every once in a while. If your place is messy, just spend 10 minutes or so tidying things up. The less cluttered your surroundings, the easier it will be for your brain to focus!

3. Do something new!

One of the biggest reasons why I’ve found myself to be uninspired recently is because I was so deep into my routine that I didn’t know how to come up with unique ideas. The best way to change that is to get out into the great, wonderful world and do something that you’ve never done before. You can pursue inspiration pretty much anywhere — go to the movies, hit up a new ice cream spot, have a beach photo shoot or go skydiving. The possibilities are endless. The only limit is you, so get motivated!

4. READ!

This one is so much more important than people realize. When I was younger,  I would absolutely DEVOUR books. However, as I got older and time got more scarce, in the rare occurrence that I did have free time, I usually spent it online. Recently though, I’ve been trying to read more. While I’ve enjoyed reading 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, one book that has especially made a positive impact on me is How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. The advice in there is truly life-changing, even for someone who had previously considered herself a sociable creature well-versed in human affairs. Reading not only will help you become motivated, but also expand your understanding of the world around you.

5. Try working at a different time

As I said in the opening statement of this post, I’ve found that I am the most brilliant at night. I am at peak productivity then and my thoughts are often the best right before bed. It’s unfortunate that it’s so late at night, but I’m glad that I’ve figured out what time works best for me. However, maybe you’re the opposite and work better in the mornings. Whether it’s before lunch or just after dinner, play around with the timing of when you do what and see how they impact your productivity! It’s all about change and finding what works best for you. You got this!
As you can tell, a lot of this post was focused on change and how things like your environment can impact how inspired or motivated you are. Although I am a creature of habit, it’s important to refresh your routine every now and then. I hope this post helped you and if it did, be sure to leave a comment and share this post with others!
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12 Comments

  • Anna

    Yess I love the point you made about cleaning b/c I feel like that’s something that we kinda forget to do after being in our own mess for so long haha. Good post!

    • Ellen

      I’ll be sure to check your post out! I’m glad that you found the post helpful and I relate to being unmotivated a lot of the time, hence this post, haha. Let me know how it goes!

  • Viktoria

    Hey Ellen!
    Thank you for the tipps. They are really helpful and I’m sure it will help me because I’m a very unmotivated person. So this post is perfect for me.
    Have a nice day.
    xoxo Tori

  • Katharina

    Hi Ellen!
    Thank you very much for your tips! I will definetly try them soon and I’m sure they will help me a lot. To be honest I’m an incredibly unmotivated person so this blog was perfect for me.
    Have a nice day!
    xoxo Kayday <3

  • Elena

    I know the Problem with Netflix only too well. Every day I’m saying: today I don’t wanna watch Netflix series, but it’s every time the same. Then I start to do my homework at 8 p.m. and finish it at 10 or 11 p.m. Of Course I’m very tired at the next day when I wake up at 6.30 a.m.

    Your tips to switch enviroments or to do something new could be very helpful. I will definetly try them.
    So have a nice day!

    Greetings from EUROPE

  • Carmen

    Hey Ellen!
    Thanks for the tips. I am a really unmotivated Person and this blog is perfect for me.
    I will definetly try your tips.
    Thank you and have a nice day! 🙂

    xoxo

  • Valerei

    Dear Ellen,

    thank you for this article. I really enjoyed reading it. I think I also learn better at night. Unfortunately, I have to get up very early every day. …but the weekend is coming soon!

    So have a nice night!
    xoxo
    Valerie

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