Too Busy To Be Inspired? 5 Ways to Keep Ideas Rolling In Anyway


I've been lucky enough to never really had a time issue with my blogs. When I first started blogging my day job was so easy I could do it in about 90 minutes, leaving the rest of the six and a half hours to goof around the interwebs. Then I became a professional blogger and had all day and night to work on posts. Now that I have a baby who has an uncanny ability to know when I'm sneaking a peek at my iPhone (and get upset with me for not paying attention). Time to work on my blogs has been whittled down to a fraction of what I'm used to. It's not just new moms who deal with no time, everyone's busy. Between work, school, social life, family life… whatever, there is nothing more gratifying than having a full life.

However, having a full life can put a damper on creating daily content. Not giving your brain enough time to be creative can make coming up with new ideas for your blog stressful. That said, if you play your cards right, you can keep the inspiration flowing while you're living life to the fullest.

Keep up on the news on your mobile phone

The beauty of consuming content on your mobile phone is that you can do it anywhere, and any time you have a minute to read. Waiting for a friend? Read the news! Riding to work on the bus? Check up on the latest blog posts. I am a huge fan of Pulse because it has easy to scroll thumbnails and ways of organizing your content.

Subscribe to actual magazines

Yes, print. Even though I think print will eventually die out. There is still a lot to be said about print magazines. Their content is created by people who are paid to spend all day finding cool stuff, so you can still find out new things in print magazines that you don't really see online. Also, it's easier to focus on print because you're not switching through tabs checking your email every other minute. Lastly, if you can get your hands on some of the more obscure print magazines, you'll find out about up and coming things before they hit the mainstream.

Look for inspiration in your personal life

You know how I got inspired to do this post? I had about 40 minutes to get this post ready, and not a single idea of what to post about. So I thought… “I have no time, where can I get ideas?” And this post was born. That simple. Your life is full of post ideas waiting to be born, just look around!

Keep a notebook to write down your thoughts

Ah, me again with the paper. Keeping a real notebook is great because there is something about writing something down with your hands that will make things stick in your brain longer than typing them on the screen. For me anyway. My handwriting is so terrible, it's not even really legible, but even my chicken scratches will remind me of a fledgling idea that needs to be explored.

Brainstorm Often

Brainstorming is a skill, the more you do it, the better you get at it. If you rarely brainstorm, you'll get rusty. Brainstorm any time you have the chance. Daily if you can! Just for a minute or two is enough. That way you're so strong at thinking of ideas when someone comes to you and asks you for an idea you can pull several great ideas out of thin air. It's true!

What tips do you have for keeping the ideas rolling in?

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24 Responses

  1. Candice

    I’ve also found that doing a lot on days when I’m inspired and keeping them in the queue helps a lot. Sometimes I only write down one sentence of a post and on days when I can’t decide what to write about I go back and finish that piece. I ALWAYS keep a notebook or notepad handy. These are awesome tips.

  2. Style Context

    I like that you mentioned subscribing to print magazines. I’m one of those people who has 30 tabs open at a time so it can get pretty hard to focus on one task at a time. The other day I picked up H&M’s magazine and it felt relaxing/enjoyable to read something in print than online. More importantly, I took my time reading the articles rather than switching every few minutes to Twitter, etc.
    Ideas are also harder to come by when you’re constantly distracted and don’t give your brain time to wander (I get some of my best ideas when I’m taking long walks).

  3. April F

    this is exactly what I have been struggling with the past few days bec I started a new job. I need to make time to be creative

  4. Taylor

    there is something to be said for print mags. I have been subscribing for years and just like with cd’s I like being able to hold it and get immersed in it. I have a bureau in my basement full of just fashion mags and nat geos from the past 6-7 years. They are great for looking for trends and even post layouts! 🙂

  5. paula martin

    very interesting – i do need help sometimes, because between things i have university and jobs, and everything – thanx for sharing!

  6. radhiana

    I subscribe many print magazines, But sometimes, when I am in front of my laptop I forget how to write. A lot of idea suddenly gone 🙂

    thanx for sharing

  7. Stacey

    Great suggestions! I agree with all of them, my only addition would be that brainstorming with other people is so helpful. I’m still new to blogging, but I’ve already had readers ask me for specific posts or friends who have started asking me for fashion advice, which I then turn into a post!

  8. Vale

    I read a lot of paper magazines, they sure inspire me, and I also get inspired by street style I see when I go out ! This website is the most inspiring so far, anyway 🙂 Hugs

    Fashion and Cookies

  9. Gaurav

    Really, now i am become your fan, your writting skill is really intersting and makes the article aweome thats why you post is on the first page really good going

  10. Onianwah

    I generally have days when there are so many ideas in mind of looks, reviews and stuff and then I write them all down and queue them. On other days, I have learnt to swirl the ideas in my head. The only problem with that is I then tend to edit and edit and edit and edit…yes, still in my head, lol.
    So I usually prefer to just write them down fresh as they form in my head because that is how my readers know me and that is the tone of voice they always come to read.
    So yes, my favourite way is taking inspiration from my daily personal life.

    Lagos, Nigeria

  11. Nadia Sa Adon

    i love the idea about the notebook. Also, i find inspiration through sound. Let it be music or people’s voice or the sound of a car or something like that. I tend to ‘judge’ their vocal and start dotting down ideas on what kind of style does that person has. I know it’s kind of weird but the ideas do keep on rolling when i do this =)

  12. Fanta

    I really enjoyed this article and the tips. I’ve never kept a notebook, but I think I’ll start now, especially so I can jot down ideas and future post ideas when I’m on the go. Do any of you guys have specific topic and prompts (similar to OOTD) that you write about on a consistent basis? I just started my blog and I would really like to get some ideas!