3 Ways to Capitalize on the Inspiration High

While watching this episode of Marie TV, When Inspiration Backfires, I truly felt like Marie Forleo was speaking directly to me. You see, I’ve suffered from the exact problem that the reader who wrote in mentioned – so inspired; always learning more, and more, and more; too much content consumption and not enough creation.

When the new year started, I set several goals for myself. They seemed easy enough. Simple to achieve. It just required that I take action. When mid-January rolled around I hadn’t done much. I actually got a little depressed about it. And I started to feel like perhaps I wasn’t going to be able to fulfill my personal declaration. If you can relate to any of this, you will definitely like this post.

Since watching the above episode of Marie TV a few of weeks ago, I achieved all of my January goals and most of my February ones too. I feel better about how I’m managing my time and what I spend my mental energy on. And I finally feel like I am on track.

What I will share with you in this post is three ways that I was able to capitalize on the inspiration high, and not fall down the rabbit hole of continually getting inspired and taking no action.

So, let’s get to it.

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3 Ways to Capitalize on the Inspiration High:

1) Keep Evernote on stand-by. One of my biggest struggles is trying to read everything when I first come across it. So, Evernote – which I use on the PC, iPad, and iPhone – has been my savior. When I’m doing research for a blog post or business idea and I stumbleupon something great that I want to further explore I save it. I have a note titled “READ ME!” and I paste the links there. Then, I set aside time once a week to go through and read all the goodies. This approach has done wonders for my productivity. And it keeps me focused on my current inspiration, and in creation mode, rather than taking me off-track into another inspiration spiral.

2) Control your thoughts. I was starting to feel like my mind was no longer my own. My thoughts were always rambling. On and on with all the things that I wanted to do. But why wasn’t I doing them? Because I was off getting inspired. So full of inspiration – 24/7 – and nothing materializing from it. Once I started to re-direct my thoughts I was able to capitalize on my inspired state – to ride the inspiration high – and I started seeing amazing results. Items on my to-do list are to-done and I’m moving my ideas forward, instead of just day dreaming about what could be.

3) Find a sponsor. This is one of the best pieces of advice I ever received. There is nothing in this world that you have to do alone. Find someone that you can call whenever you feel yourself slipping down the inspiration rabbit-hole. Someone who will remind you of what your goals are, hold you accountable for producing results, and help you hone the power of inspiration so that it’s working for you and not against you.

I want to hear from you!

So those are my tips and now it’s your turn. Tell me the ways that you capitalize on the inspiration high. Please leave me a comment below and let’s have a discussion.

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  1. I have problems with my mind wandering. I really enjoyed this article and these suggestions. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. This is just really good stuff… I do write notes of things I want to write about. But I love the idea of having a sponsor. I never thought of that! Sometimes I feel like I am all on my own in this big blog world.

    I love your insight Carin!

  3. I definitely have problems w/ managing my time & figuring out what to spend my mental energy on, which is why I’m so exhausted all the time. Great tip on the Evernote b/c I always have 5,000 tabs open so I can remember everything I want to read & then I feel pressured that I have to get to it and so I neglect my own work. But saving it to get back to when I’m done with my own writing will halp me focus & stay on track.

  4. I love your first point! For blogging, I write down all of my ideas and then come back to them later. It really helps when you’re having a dry spell!

  5. Love the idea of a “Read Later” Note/Folder. That would seriously help my productivity too. Instead of chasing down rabbit trails, I could stay focused and know it’s there for the time I have set aside.

  6. I’ve been feeling this way for a while now. I’m attracted to self-improvement articles like a honeybee to a flower, but I don’t do nearly as well in the follow-through. Sometimes I just take a break from reading them and make a deliberate choice to read just for enjoyment. One thing I do try to do is to take just ONE tip from each article and use it. Then I’m not so overwhelmed trying to overhaul my entire life at once. Stopping by from Mom It Forward.

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  7. I love Evernote but I don’t use it to it’s full potential. Finding a sponsor is a great idea but I guess I don’t know how to go about doing that. Congrats on getting so far on your goals!

    1. Thanks Carla! I just asked my sister – who has always been my sounding board and person to bounce ideas off – to help keep me on track. I needed someone who would tell me like it is! Haha Thanks so much for stopping by.:-)

  8. Thank you for this timely post. Pinterest and Evernote are becoming some of my best friends. I have so many things I want to do and then I come across more great ideas and things just sort of snowball until I am overwhelmed.

    So, I am narrowing my focus for the next few months to only work on things that will increase readership of my main blog (yes, I have two). Everything else gets pinned or noted so I can refer back to it later.

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      Hi Audrey! I’m so glad you found this post helpful – Oh man, I’m trying so hard to avoid it but I see me resuming my blog posts on my biz blog soon so I’ll be maintaining two as well. It’s definitely a lot of work to get all this done! But, we just have to stay focused. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing.:-)

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  9. I am a new found lover of Evernote. Annnndddd, I recently got a productivity partner, the only one I am still struggling with is #2 Control your thoughts because I’m right there with you – I get all these inspired ideas and I jump from one to another to another and I’m having difficulty settling on one.

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      Joanne! You and me both – that is probably the hardest for me also. My mind keeps me up late at night, has me filling up notebook after notebook with all my ideas of possibilities, and makes it sooo hard for me to stay focused. It takes a lot of practice to recognize when my thoughts are taking me off-track and be mindful to re-direct them. It’s an everyday struggle though! Thanks so much for stopping by!:-)

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  10. I love the idea of writing down several things throughout the day to remind yourself of later : ).
    I have never been here before. What a beautiful blog. I love your picture up top. You have a wonderful smile!

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