Generally speaking, I enjoy working from home. I’ve had a long commute for about a decade, so gaining at least 12 hours per week back into my life is actually life changing. I didn’t feel like there were too many negatives to staying home for months. And overall, the positives win out. But there was one thing I feel like I lost. And I’m sorry to use the word, but it was my inspiration that I lost. Spoiler alert: I also found my inspiration again.
Losing (And Finding) My “Inspiration”
As much as I’d like to say I’m a highly inspired person, saying that would just be a lie. I work in batches – one month I do a ton of writing, another a heap of blogging… I go in circles. I spend a bunch of energy on a topic and then need a break. But I produce this way and that’s just how it is.
(Side note, I wish tracking and stats and gamification and so on would catch up to my way of working, they all seem obsessed with daily.)
I didn’t realise that I was missing using a bunch of my senses from being at home most of the time, both due to covid and injuries that limited my mobility and ability to drive far. I was missing visual stimulation in particular. The first actual trip (aka more than 10min in the car on my own) that I took gave me a massive kick up the inspirational wazoo. It turns out I need to see outside my proverbial four walls in order to get ideas.
The second part of finding my inspiration was actually to get back to consuming. Primarily, this was about getting back to podcasts. Not even inspirational ones, not business ones… just external stimulation for the brain. I usually listen to podcasts on my commute so with that gone, so was a source of external mental stimulation. I looked for a half-measure to help me and bought a small bluetooth speaker so that on days when I had work tasks that meant I could listen to things, I could increase my podcast listening again.
Have you had a “blank” period? How do you find or re-discover your “inspiration”?