4 Tips For When You Feel Uninspired & Unmotivated

Anyone who works in a creative field has probably gone through this at some point in their career. They love their job, they are excited about it—then out of nowhere, inspiration and motivation to perform that creative task flees from them without warning.

If you have ever found yourself in this scenario, you know how frustrating it can be. You want to blog/draw/create content, but you have lost the inspiration and motivation to do so. This can lead to a negative spiral of self-doubt, confusion and you questioning whether or not you’re meant to be in that field altogether. Trust me, it’s not a place or position anyone wants to be in.

But thats where I was a few weeks back at the end of the year. My full-time job was truly taking a toll of my productivity, inspiration and motivation for blogging altogether. And if you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you know that I truly love this space as my creative outlet. It is something I have always been passionate about and loved having as my creative space.

It’s common to go through periods where you feel uninspired, unmotivated and drained creatively. You feel that you couldn’t possibly come up with something new, and that pressure to consistently push out brand-new, exciting content can be overwhelming.

So how do you move past it? Here are a few tips that have helped me through my creative ruts:

1| Step back and take a break

I took an unexpected break from the blog during the holidays because that’s when I felt more overwhelmed than I should have. I had posts planned, yet I still waited to post them; and allow myself a longer break to get my inspiration and motivation back on track.

2| Don’t force it

I’m all for planning, but don’t schedule time to work on your creative project when you’re not feeling inspired, motivated or creative. You’ll only harm yourself more because you’ll get frustrated and angry even more when you find yourself not able to work on that project. Never force creativity.

3| Carry a journal

You never know when a small spark of inspiration can strike you. Whether it’s a fleeting thought in the car, or on your break at work—make sure your notebook is close by in case an idea hits you out of no where. I’ve found that I come up with the most ideas when I’m least expecting it, so I write everything down immediately so there’s no chance of forgetting.

4| Wait until you have the “Ah-Ha” moment

One of the best decisions I made was deciding not to blog until I had a great ah-ha moment. For me, this was an idea I knew that once iI had it, it would immediately inspire me to sit down and write the post out completely. Once that moment crept up, I blogged five posts in one sitting. I couldn’t have been happier. It removes the pressure to produce content when you’re lacking inspiration and motivation.

Although it can be extremely frustrating to find yourself uninspired and unmotivated to fulfill a creative hobby, it’s important to take a step back, and allow yourself to go through the motions naturally. Don’t force yourself to create content or work on a project right away. You want to make sure that you won’t make yourself even more frustrated in the process.

Have you ever experienced a creative rut leaving you uninspired and unmotivated? How did you overcome it? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!

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  • I experience creative ruts all the time. I used to allow myself breaks, but then I read something that said the best way to get through it is to press on. So now, I work through the rut, even when it’s hard. If I sit around and wait too long for that “ah-ha” moment, I forget about my creative project all together.

    • I can see how this would work, too! I just find that I feel more frustrated with myself if I can’t produce the content I’m happy with, so the breaks for me give me a chance to calm my thinking so I can get back to the creativity! I’ll definitely keep this idea in mind next time a creative rut strikes! Thanks for your insight on this, Emily!

  • Sarah Jean

    Taking a break always helps me get back on my creative kick!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way! Thank you for sharing, Sarah!

  • Your thinking is so different. This post is so different than others I’ve read. Good to have another perspective! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • You’re welcome! I’m happy I could be a fresh perspective for you!

  • Leah

    I step outside for a walk or turn up some fun music and dance!

    • A walk is honestly one of the most underrated ways to refresh when you’re feeling uninspired and unmotivated.

  • I always carry a notebook for ideas or at least a note in my phone. Somewhere though I lost a notebook full of things and I can’t find it anywhere! So bummed…I feel like it’d seriously help get some creative juices flowing if I could find it and look through old ideas!

    • I am the same way! One idea can transpire into ten different ideas and it’s so refreshing when that happens!

  • These are great tips!!! I find that taking a break works best for me because I come back recharged afterwards. I am always writing down ideas in my notebooks,phone,etc.

    • Exactly! Even a short break over the weekend to enjoy time with friends and family is sometimes all I need

  • All such great tips. Taking a step back and distancing yourself for a bit always works wonders!

    • I’m glad there are other bloggers who agree on this! I find this to be so helpful!

  • Cadri

    So much yes to a journal. There are so many times I tell myself to remover something and it’s immediately gone by the time I get a chance to jot it down

    • I love bringing around my journal because I have inspiration hit me at the strangest times!

  • Love all of these! I tend to feel unmotivated during the winter haha.

    • You’re definitely not the only one! I have been there more times than I can count, haha!

  • stephanieabills

    Love these tips! I’m definitely bookmarking these for later

    • Thank you! I hope these can be a great reminder down the road when you need them.

  • Greta Hollar

    Taking a break is something I do when I feel uninspired and unmotivated. Love all your other tips!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • Thank you so much! Breaks are so helpful for me personally so I always recommend them!

  • Jewels Rhode

    Kiara, this is amazing and so refreshing to read about. I recently went through a breakup that took a bigger toll on me than expected. One of the hardest, but best decision I made was to take 3 weeks in January off for self-care and reflection. It was hard because I’m really consistent with my blog articles/ social media. But I needed the break, I couldn’t force it… not an ideal way to kick off the New Year. But the time apart to help spark a few aha moments including the creation of my first ebook, which is now a freebie on my blog.

    • It’s inspiring to hear how you handled this situation! I’m sorry to hear about the heartbreak but it’s wonderful to hear you took time for yourself to reflect on!

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    This is a great reminder. I often think I need to press on and work harder when sometimes I just need to take a step back.

    • Taking a step back can be so helpful! Always remember that! And remember it’s okay to step back because we are all human.

  • jennadesigns

    Thank you for this! I’m beginning to feel overwhelmed by all things blog-related … I’m trying to post content, build my email list, write an e-course, design an e-book … maybe I just need to take a small break and regroup!

  • Love this! I always have a journal or something to write on when I have a random thought. It may not lead anywhere, but you never know!

  • Margaret Heaton

    This is a perfect plan! We all have those moments when we are not in the mood, no motivation, no inspiration is coming to us, it’s then I need to give myself a break and not feel any guilt for taking a break. Thanks for stating what I feel.

  • Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!! I’m just coming back from a blogging break myself after blogging 5 days a week (mostly) for the last 6 years. I love my space but I also realized something was off about it and taking that step back allowed me to not only refresh my love for it, but also figure out what it was and how to address it moving forward!

  • Liz Hagan

    Waiting for the ah-ha moment is huge! I only blog this way. Otherwise it feels like work, feels like obligation and I loose all the passion for writing. Great list!

  • I recently was feeling this way as well. These are all great tips that I completely agree with. I thankfully finally had that “ah-ha” moment as well and was able to produce several pieces of content that I was happy with.

  • I live to surf the internet (including web 2.0 platforms like LinkedIN, Medium, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, etc) to find some inspiration and energy boost.

    Cristina | *janded

  • MillennialBride

    I use evernote instead of a journal, but same idea! Thanks!

  • Lauren Shuster

    These are all killer tips! Thank you!!!!

  • Winner winner chicken dinner!!! Each one resonated with me. I’ve never thought to have a strategy for my under-motivation. Usually, it lasts so long because I’m rarely sure of the cause. Great post – informational and easy to read.

  • Rachel Ritlop

    Awesome tips! Taking a step back is always really important for me in making sure i am staying balanced and not letting other areas of my life fall a part. Whenever I do I always find a new motivation and creativity that I didn’t have before

  • I think it’s super important to emphasize taking a break and not forcing anything. I really have to let my motivation and creativity spark naturally.

  • The subconscious mind is so powerful….when you step away, it’s still in your subconscious, and you’ll come back with better ideas because it was working while you took that break!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Yes, this is exactly where I’m at right now! I’m feeling like none of my ideas are ‘good enough’ and I can’t seem to find the inspiration I keep wishing I had. Maybe I’ve overthinking it… I don’t know! Regardless, the tip about carrying a journal has been a game changer. I only recently started doing this, but the act of writing my ideas down has somehow made my ideas feel more real. Great tips overall, though! Love this.