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Inspiration can take you further than you wanted to go, keep you there longer than you wanted to stay, and produce a product greater than you ever imagined.

Tiago Gerken

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But what do you do when you just aren’t feeling inspired?

Some days, I roll out of bed bursting with energy and excitement for the day. But on others, my to-do list feels like it weighs the same amount as my growing Great Dane.

Propping my feet up with a novel is usually not an option, so I’m occasionally forced to come up with inspiration. Here are six easy things I try to do on days that I just simply don’t feel inspired.


It might seem simple, but how practical is it to go to the Creator of the Universe for advice and creativity? God cares about the big and little things in life, and if our work is a form of ministry, as Tozer challenged, God most certainly cares. “Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.” A.W. Tozer

Go for a Walk

Fresh air + clear skies = a clear head. A few minutes outside in God’s creation often kick starts the right side of my brain. It doesn’t take much to help you get inspired when you are outside. I’ve found inspiration in signage, nature, and yes, even the occasional piece of candy wrapper.

Take a Shower

We live in a crazy busy world, surrounded by non-stop notifications, phone calls, and messages. But there’s generally one place where you can literally drown out the noise. Hop in the shower, turn the water on, and let your mind and body relax. This might become your best thinking spot.

Google It

I’m extremely visual, so when I find myself stuck on something I often turn to Google. Seeing what others have done, reading great copy, or finding blog articles with ideas often jolts my inspire-ometer.

Sleep on It

I don’t always have this luxury when I’m on a deadline, but every now and then I do sleep on a perplexing problem. Once again, when the brain gets a chance to relax and think without being rushed, you’ll discover how easy it is to get inspiring ideas.

Just Start Working

When all else fails, just start working. Sometimes you find inspiration, but other times, inspiration has to find you. Or in the words of Picasso, “Inspiration exists but it has to find you working.”

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Aaress Lawless

Aaress enjoys helping small businesses and ministries, having budget travel adventures with friends, and blogging about life lessons on Instagram.

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