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.
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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