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How to Capture Inspiration When It Strikes (Ep. 259)

When inspiration strikes, everything feels possible. Unfortunately, that feeling doesn’t always stick around for long.

This happens to me most often when I’m traveling. It doesn’t have to be far — even staying in a different neighborhood for the night can spark new ideas. But then, once I’m home, it’s like the inspired part of my brain simply shuts off, passing off all thinking duties to whichever section held all of my previous routines.

Of course, that’s just the default course of action. Having noticed this effect a sufficient number of times, I’ve been working on ways to keep that burst of energy past its initial expiration date.

Inspiration can be elusive, so we should pay attention when it shows up. The next time it does, will you capture it, or just let it slip?

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:03:22 – Traveling and escaping your routines, or resetting them
  • 0:13:02 – Feeling overwhelmed and and granting yourself small wins
  • 0:21:57 – Sponsor: FreshBooks (Managing your invoices)
  • 0:23:56 – Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name)
  • 0:26:14 – Giving yourself the freedom to explore things
  • 0:31:54 – Pushing past slight inconveniences
  • 0:34:52 – Making the most use out of your limited time
  • 0:40:01 – Going cold turkey on habits that waste your time
  • 0:42:03 – Getting hit by inspiration and how to take advantage of it
  • 0:45:48 – Recap and conclusion

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