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Contrarily to previous years, the beginning of this year has left me feeling very unmotivated and I've been lacking inspiration. Despite writing down resolutions and goals I want to accomplish over the next 12 months, I've been having a hard time jump starting things. School is starting next Monday and to be honest, I'm just not ready for it. I wanted to schedule a few blog posts but somehow I've been more preoccupied with cleaning my wardrobe and watching YouTube videos about other people's 2018 resolutions. Before Christmas I also started prepping a really big personal project but I haven't worked on it as much as I would have liked. I don't really have valid excuses for not starting things, it's just the way I've been feeling. So in case you're in a similar situation, I've decided to share with you some tips that usually get me going. Hopefully I will be following these tips as well so I can have a productive weekend before the new school semester! And please don't hesitate to share your own tips to feel more motivated and avoid procrastination.

1. Write Down Any Ideas You Have

You're probably thinking "why would I write down ideas if I don't have any?". Start with one word and then develop it into a mind map, a list of things or a freestyle journal. As you are writing, more ideas will come to your mind and I'm sure you will have one of those lightbulb moments. Sometimes your ideas can also come at different times of the day like right before bed or when you're out and about. This is why having a small notebook or a note on your phone can make a huge difference. If you always have this kind of list close to you, you will be able to refer to your ideas when you're feeling uninspired. And inspiration leads to motivation (most of the time). 

2. Find New People To Get Inspiration From

This goes without saying that inspiration is different from copying someone. I think when you look at someone who's doing amazing things, it pushes you to work harder so you can yourself accomplish amazing things. An example I've recently discovered is Lizzy Hadfield from Shot From The Street. She always comes up with content that feels fresh, authentic and genuine, following her blog, her YouTube channel and her social media only makes me want to work harder to be as cool as her (if only).

3. Take Moments Off

It's okay if you're not constantly thinking of new ideas and concepts. I think we all need to take time off sometimes. When you feel stuck in a rut, acknowledge it, take time for it, and then notice when it's time to come back off of it and push yourself harder.