Searching for inspiration?

By James Hayton,
June 20, 2013
I'm James, I'm a former physicist (PhD, Nottingham, 2007) and author of "PhD: An Uncommon Guide to Research, Writing & PhD Life".
Since 2010, I've been helping PhD students all over the world overcome barriers in their research and writing
My strategies have helped thousands of PhD students just like you to build confidence, write better and finish on time

How many of you have done this?You sit down at the computer to get some work done, but it's just not happening. The ideas are there, you sort of know what you want to do, but you're just feeling uninspired.So you open up a browser and search for inspiration... something to trigger that creative spark. But before you know it you have lost half the day just surfing the web.I do this all the time, but it rarely works. Even if I find an outstanding blog post or YouTube video or TED talk, after I watch one, all I want to do is watch another. It's easy to justify to myself, but it is nothing more than a gateway to endless procrastination.But while searching for inspiration I found this blog post by Derek Sivers which stopped me in my tracks.

Musicians, writers, artists, and everyone else, all scouring the world for inspiration...Yet most of them aren’t feeling inspired enough. They’re looking for more, thinking something else out there will truly inspire them.[but] nothing is truly inspiring unless you apply it to your work...You may hear something or see something that gives you a new idea. But it’s only when you stop and think of your work through this new perspective, that you actually jump up and go turn the idea into reality...The inspiration is not the receiving of information. The inspiration is applying what you’ve received.You have to pause the input, and focus on your output.

I can't put it any better than Sivers does. Read the full post here, then apply it!

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