How to solve creative block & find inspiration | NinkComPoop

Inspiration is funny because it’s one of those things that you don’t realise you have until it’s gone. It truly is the most powerful tool you can have and the most successful people on earth would not have conquered without it. So – how do we find it? I have cooked up a few of my own methods for finding inspiration to get the creative ball rolling!

1) LOOK FOR SUCCESS AND CRAVE IT

My biggest inspiration by far, comes from watching success happen to other people. Surround yourself in people mastering the talents that you are working on yourself. Whatever it may be… read, watch, listen to, or research those that are busy chasing their dreams. If that doesn’t inspire me to do the same thing that they are… nothing will. I just love settling down to a good documentary or book focused on someone or something that I look up to.

2) KEEP YOUR MIND CLEAR AND FOCUSED

Inspiration is impossible for me to grab if my head is cluttered and I’m not entirely sure what steps I need to be taking in order to reach my stepping stone goals. I recommend to get yourself a fancy planner (the prettier it is, the more excited you’ll be to use it) to keep all your big plans and ideas down. It is important that you make a realistic order of when and how you want these ideas to happen. This can be small goals set for each day of the week, or big goals you want to reach per week (I prefer achieving small steps a day so that I can go to bed feeling accomplished…). Analyse your plans/ideas from all angles! The more clear my plan of action is, the more inspired I will be to make it happen.

3) CLEAR YOUR SPACE

You are going to hate me for this one. But your head will have no room for big ideas or the desire to do something creative if you are sat in a messy room. The more space and area you have to work with, the more space your mind will have free to let creative juices flow! Keep corners tidy, desk spaces clear and shelves nicely decorated. Some motivational quotes hanging on the wall are a must-have for me.

4) FIND YOUR ‘GOLDEN HOUR’

The very first thing I was taught during my creative media degree course, was how essential it is for you to find out when you work at your best standard. My tutor told me that he didn’t care what time of the day I needed, as long as I’ve discovered my best working hours, and I make the most of using them. Recognise what time of the day you randomly begin to notice you work to your best standards and do whatever you can to make sure those hours are kept free so that you can work through them.

5) CHANGE YOUR SURROUNDINGS

I work from home, meaning that I don’t have to travel somewhere everyday to get on with work. Which sounds like a blessing… but sometimes I really find myself wishing that I had an office or space to travel to everyday. It can be mind numbingly painful to lock yourself up in a bedroom for days and days – which constantly causes me huge mental blocks. Staring at the same four walls is painful. Don’t make the same mistake! Step outside, take in some fresh air, find a gorgeous view, go for a walk. Not only will this recharge your batteries, but a great surrounding to watch can wake that brain right back up (so don’t forget that notebook!)

6) FIND YOUR MUG OF FOCUS

This is of course a personal preference… but if you love coffee or tea as much as I do, you would already know how much wonder it does to kick your ass out of sleepy zone. Whether that is early in the morning when I am ready to work on my to-do list, or after lunch when I feel myself getting back out of focus. My job also involves a lot of filming, and sometimes it just isn’t natural to be full of fun and energy every hour of the day… A little splash of coffee often does the trick!

7) FINISH THE DAY ACCOMPLISHED

To-do lists are the secret to life. BELIEVE ME. I am one of those irritating people who get huge kicks out of productivity. It sounds great but that also means I can get really low when I am not able to get a lot done. Similar to your planner, get yourself a white board, chalk board, phone app (wunderlist is amazing) or simply a sticky note that you can write small goals on that you want to achieve by the end of the day. Did I mention how good it feels to cross each one off?

8) FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE

Lastly, similar to finding your most productive time of the day, knowing where is most comfortable and effective for you will be so useful, particularly during times when you are finding it hard to focus. Whether yours is on your favourite bench outside, in a big bubbly bath, amongst nice smelling candles or simply on the cozy-ness of your own bed – do whatever works for you.

I’d love to hear what methods work for you. Good luck reaching your goals!
Ellie
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Is it time you took a break? | NinkComPoop

If college taught me anything, it was that working during a bad mood or lack of motivation is pretty much a huge waste of time. If I wasn’t in the correct ‘zone’ to concentrate, I was about to waste the next few hours trying to work but miserably failing. To actually ensure productivity, I would instead simply put all my effort elsewhere (i.e. tidying, cleaning, cooking…) and get back to work later.

Refusing to give in to a break when you’re feeling under pressure will not benefit your life. That is why it’s so important to recognise when you are burning out.

If you find yourself relating to more than three of these, then it is time for you to schedule some well-needed time off…

 

1) YOUR JOB IS NOW YOUR LIFE

As important as your job is, if it’s the first thing you think of when you wake up, go to sleep, are out with friends or hanging with the family… perhaps it is time to remember the basic pleasures in life again.

We’ve all had to tell friends and family that we aren’t able to make it out because we have a work conflict, but it may become something that is happening too often. If you become the person who is known to “probably be too busy” to attend events, your job has far too much control. Get yourself back out there!

On the topic of social life, how often is your day-to-day conversation focused on job-related topics? Do you find yourself at the bar discussing how much your job is running you down? Are you at home discussing your next project with your boyfriend? It is time for you to remember those days you woke up to live a life that didn’t involve your boss…

2) THE DAYS YOU LOVED YOUR JOB ARE JUST A FADED MEMORY…

Do you find yourself questioning ‘what went wrong?’ and ‘when did things change?’ as you shudder over the thought of work tomorrow? If you remember the days where your job was actually enjoyable but you’re finding yourself losing that passion for no particular reason, maybe the reason is actually a lack of break.

However, the same thing can also be applied to situations that have changed along the way. Even if there is a cause and you aren’t in control of it, you also deserve a few days’ respite…

3) YOUR WAKING HOURS ARE NOW YOUR WORKING HOURS

Jobs already own a huge percentage of our time. According to http://www.pickthebrain.com, including commutes, we spend about 50 – 70 dedicated hours to work every week. We are already spending around half of our entire waking life at work. Baring that in mind, when you are leaving work, are you actually leaving work? Do you often find that work follows you home? (i.e. taking phone calls and checking emails). If work already owns so much of your life, you mustn’t allow the lines between your career and personal life to blur.

It is so important for you to work out the amount of hours you are putting into work and if that is reasonable (especially if you work for yourself and are in control of your hours).

4) YOU ARE ALWAYS TIRED AND/OR ARE STRUGGLING TO SLEEP

One of the most common causes of insomnia and poor sleep is stress. This can be down to the parade of deadlines dancing in your head keeping you up at night, or regular work-related dreams. If just entering through the doors at work brings you the irresistible urge to go nap under a desk somewhere, you’ve probably just about had enough. Working for too long without a break and breezing through life in a haze of exhaustion will cause that wasteful attempt in working through your lack of motive we spoke about earlier. Rest gives you the happiness needed to actually be productive.

5) MISTAKES ARE BECOMING TOO COMMON

This one ties nicely with the previous one. Not being well rested and feeling that extra force of pressure from work can do crazy things to your brain. For example, making typos while proofreading business reports or putting extra pepper on a customer’s dish when they specifically asked without. Between the stress of a job, being tired, irritable, and thinking about those mistakes, you’re likely going to run yourself into the ground.

The more rundown, tired or stressed out we are, the more avoidable mistakes we will make and hinder our performance at work. If these ‘little errors’ that you wouldn’t usually make are piling up, you probably need some time to recharge your batteries. When we are working too much, our brain stops paying the amount of attention that it’s supposed to.

6) EVERYTHING IS SUDDENLY SO OVERWHELMING 

The biggest giveaway for me is a sudden intense feeling of being incredibly thin-skinned. A missing pen or uneven eyeliner suddenly becomes a crisis. Have you ever gotten into work, sat at your desk, looked down at your to-do list and bursted into a sea of tears? I have. But perhaps if you’re not as dramatic as me, you’ve felt like doing it.

To feel very overwhelmed is always when I know I’m in need of some perspective. The worst thing about stress is that it has the ability to erode our emotional resources, which makes it harder to deal with both big and small problems. If you truly believe everything feels just awful right now, the dread of going to work is rising and you’re being pessimistic about everything, then you must let yourself get away. You will soon become that person nobody feels a joy to be around and it will come to a point where even the smallest actions of everybody around you will start to tick you off. Worst yet, you’re in a bad mood before anything even happens to you.

Please note, if these feelings continue and/or worsen, along with an accompanied loss of interest in things you care about, consider a chat with your doctor.

7) AMBITION AND MOTIVATION ARE WORDS YOU FORGOT EXISTED…

It is easy to find yourself in a place where you are purposely making sure you are doing as little as possible. The work you assign yourself or get assigned to do seems to take forever and you want to take frequent breaks. As I was mentioning earlier, working on lack of motive is almost entirely pointless. It is about time you give in to that break your body is hinting at you to have.

A good way to recognise a lack of ambition is focusing on what your current long term goals are at the moment. Perhaps they’re non-existent because you’re only focusing on the day-to-day grind. If your dream of moving ‘up the ladder’ or finding that perfect job no longer matters to you then your priorities have fallen out of order. Time must be taken out to re-learn what it is you are really after.

 

The truth is, the majority of people are owned by their job. What’s worse, is that people don’t realise they are because it’s so common to be. This blogpost was not meant to be miserable, but it is just a gentle nudge to remind you that your body gives great warning signs… all you must do now is listen!

Good luck!

Ellie

 

 

 

Living like a millionaire…

I promised you guys in a previous blog post and YouTube video that I would share some photos of the gorgeous house I stayed in for a week in Huddersfield. As explained, I visited there for a little getaway trip with my boyfriend and his family. His mum had chosen this house herself and particularly aimed for something really big and fancy… We definitely got that! I just had to share these photos with you…

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The house was three floors high, had it’s own gym, jacuzzi baths, and even a pool on the ground floor!

It was an odd feeling staying in a house with gigantic windows and little to no blinds or curtains. I am big about natural sunlight but there’ll be no walking about in the nude allowed!

If you are interested in where this lovely home can be found, here is a link to their website. I would love to hear about some awesome places you’ve stayed in and the type of accommodation you look for on holiday!

Ellie

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