Finding inspiration, getting motivated, or focusing on something new can be difficult, regardless of the type of work you do. One of the best perks of working for yourself—whether it be from a small office or at home—is having the freedom to be flexible.

Without sounding too wishy-washy, you need to know that there are nuggets of inspiration all around you. Free inspiration. All you have to do is step out of your usual routine and look for it. Or don’t look at all, and let it come to you.

Feeling stuck? Let’s go through some totally free ways to get those inspirational juices flowing so you can get back to rocking your business!

Take a Walk

Walk around your neighbourhood, go to a park, hit a trail. Let your mind leave behind the task you’re focusing on—do you know what happens when you stop thinking and overthinking something? Solutions start coming to you. Let your mind work in the background, and inspiration will come.

Talk to a Good Friend or Colleague

Not a coworker—you want someone with a fresh mind who isn’t invested in the goals of your business. Just talk, and get the problems you’ve been focusing on get out into the air. They may not have a solution, but getting it out can be a form of therapy.

Flip Through Creative Magazines

I get an Applied Arts subscription with my RGD membership. These are truly massive magazines overflowing with works from other creative minds and agencies. I love looking at what my peers are doing, and seeing new trends.

Read a Book

Read something inspirational if you want, or let your mind wander with a good book of any genre. Like a walk, a good read is a means of letting your mind breathe and come up for air.

Go to a Market

Farmers Markets are the best. It’s marketing in its most simplistic form, and yet it’s still busy.

Take Out Your Camera

Photographers have a license to wander and get close to things. Even if you don’t fancy yourself a photographer, grab your camera and go explore. Change your point of view, and snap some pictures that you find visually interesting. Use that visual part of your brain mindlessly.

Haaaaave You Met TED?

Browse some of the top TED Talks. You’ll be inspired. Guaranteed.

And when you’ve exhausted all your means of seeking inspiration, throw everything out (er… out of sight and mind, not literally!) and start from scratch. Kill those darlings. Build from the foundation up. A new direction may be all you need.

Where do you find your inspiration?

 

This article was written on November 9th, 2015 for Campfire Collective.

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