6 Effortless Ways to Get Inspired (for Back to School)

If only inspiration was something that we could count on. Something that was just ‘there’, that we could tap into at any time – but for most of us, it’s not such an easy thing to do.

Many people use vacation time to recharge, reset, and ready themselves for what life has in store for them next. But what if your vacation time was full of busy family time, professional development, and commitments?

Here are 6 easy ways to get inspired for the new school year – or whatever it is that life might have instore for you.

1. Take a very mini vacation. Maybe this means a long bath, reading on the porch, or just taking the dog for an extra-long walk. The key here is to be in the moment; leave your devices behind and appreciate your surroundings, even if you’ve seen them a million times before.

2. Think of the kids. If you’re a teacher heading back to school for the new year, take a moment to remember what it felt like to be a student heading back. The excitement, the nerves, the shopping!! Maybe write a note to your current teacher self from your past student self – tapping into our inner child can be very inspiring.

3. Start a photo challenge. You may think there isn’t enough time in the day for this (understandable!), but finding something every day that inspires you to take a photo of it is a great way to bring some inspiration into your life.

4. Visit SMART Exchange. Let your curiosity guide you and search for lessons created by other teachers, from any grade level or subject (even if you’ll never use them in your classroom!). Seeing what others create can help us see what is possible, and inspires in us new ideas. Find SMART Exchange here.

5. Watch a TED Talk. Or two. 20 minutes or less that are almost guaranteed to inspire you, TED talks can be an amazing source of creative energy and thoughts. Check out this list of 10 TED talks by teachers.

6. Join a forum or PLN. Even if you’re already part of a great group, joining a new one isn’t cheating. A fresh take from new people will not only inspire you, but will also give you another space to ask questions and address challenges throughout the year.

What would you add to this list? What little things do you do to find inspiration? Let us know below!

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