The first half of this month has been extremely unproductive to say the very least. If you are following me on Instagram then you know exactly what I'm talking about. I haven't been very active and I haven't really made any new videos. No blog posts at all which is beyond crazy for me because you guys know I send out 2 every week. The start of the fall season was really inspiring, so I couldn't blame it on weather. So I did what most bloggers would do.
I consulted other bloggers.
I'm in a group on Instagram full of other people who think just like me, and asked them if they had been feeling the same way. A few responded yes, and others just recently got over their slumps. I didn't feel so alone, but let me tell you something.
It really sucks not being able to come up with anything to put out. It's even more frustrating when you have content to put out, and totally lack the motivation to do so. Motivation is what keeps us all going. If we aren't motivated, then we stop. I didn't want to stop, but I wasn't exactly motivated either. Even writing this post I'm not 100% motivated. However, I know I can't let you all down.
So I decided to at least write about something that could help someone else who is feeling the same way. Maybe this will help me get the spark back. Who knows.
Here are some ways to get your motivation back:
1. Switch up your routine
I was doing the same exact thing. Over and over and over. It just wasn't fun anymore !! It felt like a chore to sit down on Monday and write my blog posts for the week and then make the graphics the same morning and edit them before publishing and all that jazz. I also feel like making videos twice a week took a toll on me too. I was totally focused on cranking out content, and totally not focused on taking care of myself. Between work and school I have a decent amount of free time, and I simply wanted to spend it on me. Not worrying about when I'm going to post or upload. So I took a step back from it all, and it definitely helped.
2. Brainstorm new ideas
On top of all this, I felt burnt out. I was writing about anything and making the same video over and over and it just wasn't cool. I was running out of ideas, and it wasn't my best work. I wasn't feeling inspired at all, by anything. So what I decided to do was brainstorm some new ideas. And whatever strikes me at that moment is what I'm going to write about. It's exactly how I came up with this post, and clearly it's working since you're reading this.
3. Take up a new hobby
Okay so the hobby I took up wasn't exactly new, but that's besides the point lol. I decided just for fun to make a gaming channel since what I've been doing lately is playing video games. I figured why not do something new with this time, and maybe I'll get some excitement back for making new videos on my planning channel ? So I made my first video and am uploading it asap. It was a lot of fun to make and didn't require too much effort. I loved the feeling of trying something new yet familiar. I have also been going to different restaurants and trying new foods. I tried 3 new kinds of sushi and new Chinese food, and loved it all. It's the vibe of doing something different that was refreshing.
4. Go through Pinterest
I am so serious. Pinterest has everything you need for inspiration and motivation. One day I decided I was going to plan my dream wedding on Pinterest. I labeled it pink and gold wedding and went to pin-town. It was so relieving to be creative in a way that I haven't really ever done. I also added to my blog mood board to freshen up the vision. This helped me narrow back my focus to my blog while also still staying creative and not so serious.
Being in a rut sucks, but you can get out. My best advice is to just take a step back and try new things. Take time for yourself and look at things that inspire you. Have you ever been through this ?? Let me know in the comments.