We often think that inspiration is that special magic that comes to us from time to time. And maybe, it is. We also think that inspiration is only for a few. That it is most definitely not.

We are all inspired – and inspiration is all around us. There are times we get stuck – but there’s inspiration for those times too. I believe that we can train ourselves to find inspiration and to stay inspired.

Here are 12 tips on staying inspired

These are simple things that we can incorporate into our daily life.

Stay healthy to stay inspired

1. Drink water on waking and make sure you drink enough of water through the day.

2. Get moving. Here are Vidya Sury’s 100 reasons to make exercise a habit, if we need a reason at all! I might have been able to give you a 100 excuses why I don’t exercise, but that’s changing, thankfully!

3. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to get one energized and ready to have an inspiring day. We all need to cultivate good sleeping habits.

 

Plan to stay inspired
Plan your 3 Most Important Tasks (MIT) for the day– As Leo Babauta says:

It’s very simple: your MIT is the task you most want or need to get done today. In my case, I’ve tweaked it a bit so that I have three MITs — the three things I must accomplish today.

Having a work/ break balance – Making sure to follow the 50/10 rule every hour is a good way to keep your mind fresh and inspired. Perhaps, it’s a good idea to use a timer – work for 50 minutes on one important task – then take a break  for 10 minutes. You could use this time to walk away from your desk, grab a glass of water, call a friend or just be.

Reflection at the end of the day is important – asking yourself what went well and what didn’t is such a good way to stay inspired.

12 tips for staying inspired

Keep learning – I can’t tell you how important that is to good health and well-being. If my Dad could start learning to operate a computer at 81 and at 89 continue to enjoy his time on the internet, then we have no excuses for not learning. Studies have shown that keep our mind occupied and agile will go a long way in preventing or postponing dementia. Read, play, argue even, but work that brain.

I’ve written time and again about the value of gratitude and how it’s linked to our happiness quotient. Living a grateful life is truly the key to staying inspired.

Decluttering can go a long way towards making us feel good about ourselves. I’m planning a series on this soon

And finally learn to relax and unwind. Get a dog. Listen to music. Take dancing classes.

Be happy. Stay inspired!