Finding Inspiration Through Your Daily Habits
As you embark on a more fulfilling and happy life, you might come to a point where you can’t seem to find the inspiration you are looking for. But sometimes, it isn’t about looking for the grand sources of inspiration, but just small sparks in your daily habits.
- Wake up early. Try waking up 30 minutes earlier than you regularly would. …
- Turn off the distractions. …
- Do something for you once a week. …
- Take an actual break. …
- Go on a coffee date. …
- Take note. …
- Work out of the house. …
Spend a Few Minutes Alone
Make it a habit to have at least a few minutes alone with your thoughts. People underestimate how often they can get inspiration from themselves. Your subconscious and unconscious brain has a lot going on that you aren’t even aware of. By meditating, doing breathing exercises, or just having a few minutes of self-reflection, you can discover many ideas and thoughts you didn’t realize were right there.
Write in a Journal More Often
Journaling is a tool that everyone can benefit from, especially when it comes to finding more inspiration. This is another great way to find inspiration from your own life and thoughts, as well as reflect on what you experience in other areas of your life.
For inspiration, writing in stream of consciousness style is the way to go. This is when you just set a timer and write about anything that comes up. You don’t worry about the topics or even your own spelling. Just get words on the page and have it flow with how your thoughts and feelings are flowing in your mind.
Try Gentle Forms of Exercise
The reason people include yoga in their daily routines is because of how much it can serve them. If you want to feel more inspired, you want to be restful, stress-free and grounded, which is what yoga can provide you.
Yoga is a simple exercise that only takes a few minutes a day. This daily habit can improve your mental clarity and help you tap into your subconscious where inspiration might be hiding. Plus, you get all the other benefits of yoga, from strengthening your muscles and improving your balance, to helping to relax your mind, body, and spirit.
What is No Longer Serving You?
Sometimes in life, you have to acknowledge things, habits, or people that are no longer good for you. This is what we mean by “serving you”. Sometimes, certain people or experiences in your life are beneficial to you, but then things change, and you realize it is no longer good to have in your life. This includes your daily habits. When they aren’t benefiting you, it is a lot harder to find inspiration from them.
Each of us periodically asks the question: what is success? Some may experience it on an intuitive level, and may imagine in their heads how a truly successful life looks to them. However, each of us has different signs of success: for some, these are expensive premium cars, and for others, a sense of significance in the circle of close people. It all depends on the goals, worldview and personal qualities of a particular person. Nevertheless, there are several main components that make up real success. Let’s figure out what is included in this concept.
Make a daily to-do list
One great way to be fully prepared for the day ahead is to make a to-do list, just like Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank, Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams, and Jim McCann, founder and CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.
I plan up to six tasks that I want to complete during the day on mine and the reason this works is twofold.
First, it helps me plan my day in a way that allows me to get the most out of it versus just performing random tasks and hoping that they move you forward. Second, creating a to-do list keeps me on task. I know exactly what you want to get done and when, which makes it more likely that you’ll do it.
Keep your daily to-do list small so that it’s manageable and not overwhelming. A great “hack” to make sure you keep your lists simple is using a Post-It Note. The dimensions of a Post-It Note are perfect (typically 3″ X 3″) because the size constraint will force you to only write down the most important things that you have to do each day.
You can’t fit more than 6 items on a Post-It Note (unless you cheat and write REALLY small…but you won’t do this, right?) and these tasks should be your MITs (Most Important Tasks).
Why Create a Routine?
But first, you may be looking for a bit more convincing about the benefits of creating a routine.
Establishing a positive daily routine is both a self-investment and a way to do your best for the rest of the world. It also provides additional benefits, such as giving you structure, building forward-moving habits, and creating momentum that will carry you on the days when you feel like you don’t have the strength to carry yourself.
Following a daily routine can help you establish priorities, limit procrastination, keep track of goals, and even make you healthier. It lowers your reliance on willpower and motivation because, as Tynan, the author of Superhuman by Habit, says, habits are “action[s] that you take on a repeated basis with little or no required effort or thought.”
Today, I have more drive, motivation, and passion, which makes reaching my goals easier…and more fulfilling. I have more physical and mental energy to make it through my days…even the really tough ones (which still show up). I feel happier and more satisfied with the quality and depth of my life.
I admit it though; it isn’t always easy to create good habits. As Brian Tracy says, “Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with.”