Inspiration. The key to a lot of breakthrough out there. But then it doesn’t always show face, especially when you need it most. That’s why i’m writing this post on what to do when you lack inspiration.
Have you ever felt like you were wasting time being unproductive, spending too much hours on a particular design, and no matter what you try, nothing seems to work for you? Yea, we’ve all felt that way. SO what to do when you lack inspiration?
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Whether it is a multi-billion dollar empire, such as Bill Gates’, or the tiny mom-and-pop convenience store on the street corner, cash flow is the lifeblood of any business.
It seems like its been ages since i posted on this blog, while actually its only been a week+. Don’t blame me, it’s the workload on my head. Perhaps, that’s why I chose the title for this post. As at the time of this post, I have close to 13 unfinished jobs, (not just web design) and I’m not kidding… it’s been hell. My problem is that I am stuck. I have tried and tried for innovative designs but there seems to be this brick wall…
So how do you get inspiration?
1. Take a break/Run away:
I know you’ve probably heard this like a zillion times but its the truth. (I intend to take my own advice, by the way. lol.) Your brain is already clogged up and nothing is forthcoming. In fact, no matter how hard you think, those designs will run away, so you too, run! Hideout. Lodge in a hotel. Take a break. By the time you come back, I think you’ll be ready to face them demons of web design brain drain!
2. Check out fresh stuff:
Always take the time out to check out fresh stuff, fresh designs, e.t.c. It may just be that your brain is tired of doing these same designs that it becomes boring. Google search fresh designs, visit sites. For me, I visit Smashing Magazine and Vanderlay’s design blog for inspiration. Visit the sites yourselves. (I’m not a marketer for them, neither am I being paid for adverts… I just think they are good, and that’s the honest truth.) Maybe what you need is a fresh Idea.
3. Learn a new thing/tutorial:
Yea, I know you may already be a ‘guru’ in your web design or whatever it is you do. But the truth is that you’re not an island. Ne’er be too proud to learn. I personally have sworn to learn at least one new thing everyday; in design, in life, and stuff… and its helping. Learn Photoshop Designs, Flash, Dreamweaver. Ask a professional. Whatever you do, take your mind off the present job. Like if I’m having design problems, i switch over to video tutorials and learn something on PHP or flash. (Maybe I’ll do just that!)
4. Look around you:
Designs are all around us. I’m no atheist. Even the bible says that the heavens declare his handworks. Something even as little as a house design, a billboard design or even a flyer can jog your memory and restore that dead design cell. lol. Look around you!
5. Pray for help!
If the four points above don’t help, then you are in need of some serious prayers! 😀
Seriously, what harm could it do? I believe in God, and I think I will pray for help! I’m also stuck!
Thanks for reading.
Designing a website to showcase photography is not as simple as it sounds. It needs planning, intense concentration and a whole lot of patience. With a normal website, there is usually a consistent structure, which includes a header, a navigation menu, sometimes a sidebar, and usually a footer. However, when showcasing photography, there are no limits. You don’t need a navigation bar, header, or footer, if you don’t want to have them.
Here’s my 2 cents on what you need to design a great photography based website.
4 out of 5 inquiries from new customers begin with some form of the question, “How much does a website cost?”
I think they would be most happy if we could open up the magic website price book and provide them with a useful answer. Instead, we usually say … “Well, that depends upon the type of website you would like to build.” (How’s that for helpful?)
* – If you’re a poor negotiator, then set a limit on what you will pay or accept, and on any conditions attached. Do not deviate. Your first thought is your best thought.
* – Most negotiations are unnecessary. Don’t enter into them.
* – Do your homework. What you don’t know or haven’t bothered to find out can kill you in any serious type of negotiation.
* – Get all of the professional help you can trust. Do not surrender control of negotiations or the agenda to such professionals. They are not the one who will have to live with the consequences. You are.
* – If your advisors are leading you down a path you don’t approve of, call a time-out and tell them privately that if they continue along that route you will get new advisors.
* – They’re not your friend. They’re your enemy. If you do not understand that real winners and real losers emerge from real negotiations, then you’ll be robbed, whatever the circumstances.
* – Listen, when engaged in serious negotiations. You are in no hurry. Nobody ever got poor listening. Use silence as a weapon.
* – Choose a rogue element to your advantage, and bring it into the negotiation at a late stage.
* – Divide and rule always works.
* – Permit no such weaknesses in your own camp.
Culled from How to Get Rich – by Felix Dennis
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.
When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
- Goals should be specific.
- Goals should be measurable. Have a yardstick for measuring outcomes.
- Goals should be attainable. Draft realistic goals that challenge you.
- Goals should be relevant. Make sure each goal is consistent with other goals you have established and fits with your immediate and long-range plans.
- Goals should be time bound. Give yourself time to achieve your goals.
Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
- *Who: Who is involved?
- *What: What do I want to accomplish?
- *Where: Identify a location.
- *When: Establish a time frame.
- *Which: Identify requirements and constraints. *Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them.
Realistic – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.
Time Bound – A goal must have a target date. If you desire to make a million dollars, but don’t set the timeline for it, it won’t be motivating. A deadline too far in the future is too easily put off. A goal that’s set too close is not only unrealistic, it’s discouraging.
Long Term Goals: long term goals are simply a description of what you want for yourself in the future — say about 3 to 5 years out. The best way to define them is to give examples: graduate college, get a good job, find a life partner, get rich quick, etc…
A goal is not a plan, it’s more like a wish list with (hopefully) a basis in reality.
Then set short term goals to reach that plan.
What can I do 6 months from now?
What can I do 6 weeks from now?
What can I do today?
Culled from From Paul J. Meyer’s “Attitude Is Everything.”
There are 7 characteristics of a hustler. God bless ur hustle this July.
- A focus on results
- A strong follow up
- Dealing with rejection
- High values
A hustler is someone who is single minded in his quest to get results. Nothing else motivates him. Nothing else matters. To hustle you have to think big picture and you have to be driven by creating significant results for your venture. It doesn’t matter if it’s closing deals or closing a round of funding – a startup hustler gets things done that drive revenue for the company and that are crucial for survival and for growth.
A good hustler knows only one timeline: now! He wants to find the shortest way possible to generate the needed outcomes.
A good hustler is willing to look foolish in the name of progress. He’s willing to ask for things that others are afraid to ask for. The reason for that is that a good Hustler doesn’t care about rejection or humiliation to some extent. He knows that failure is part of the game. And he understands that he can’t succeed if he doesn’t go for it. Only extraordinary actions create extraordinary results.
This is a big one: A good hustler knows that life is all about the follow up. If showing up is 50% of success – the other half is about being the one person that actually follows up until he gets the job done.
If he doesn’t get rejected he’s not really a hustler. If he doesn’t have a high tolerance for emotional pain he will not last out there in the cold world of the startup hustle. Resilience regarding rejection is a must!
A good startup hustler wants to generate value. He’s not just in it for a quick buck. Or for his ego. He knows that his strength is his fearless attitude toward getting things done and closing deals for the startup. He wants to use that power for good and for something he beliefs in.
Startups are places with little resources. So by definition you’re looking for people that can do a lot with a little and that are inventive in their approach as well.
A good hustler will have all of these characteristics. It’s easy to find bad hustlers and tough to find good ones (just like with hackers and designers). But when you find one you never wanna let go of them.
I took this article word for word from https://elasticsales.com/blog/2012/05/07/startup-hustler/
I was too inspired by it.
Hope it inspires you to.