3 Ways to Combat Stagnancy

Top: Zara (similar here and here); Jeans: Zara (similar here and here); Shoes: Zara (similar here and here)

I think anyone who owns a business can relate to the feeling of stagnancy. It’s not necessarily that your business isn’t growing, it’s just that you’ve been doing the same thing for so long that it feels like you’re stuck. As a creative, I find this to be especially true. I constantly need to challenge myself and change things in order to feel like I’m making progress. Sometimes stagnancy is due to too consistent of a routine, so I wanted to share my tips to combat it:

Don’t marry an idea
If you’ve been doing something consistently for so long that you’re bored by it, don’t be afraid to switch things up. I’m someone who’s been guilty of marrying an idea and getting too committed to it. Whether that be my editing style or the way I format my blog posts. Recently, I started feeling uninspired by my own pictures because of the same editing style I’d used for so long. After toying with the idea, I decided to change it up, and it honestly felt like a breath of fresh air. So instead of getting so committed to an idea that you’re afraid to change it, keep an open mind and experiment if you’re no longer inspired.

Re-evaluate your goals
It’s so important to re-evaluate goals and set new ones. Maybe the reason you’re stagnant is because you’ve already accomplished what you set out to do. Maybe it’s because unknowingly, you’ve pivoted. Whatever it is, it’s always important to take time to really think about our goals and set new ones when necessary.

Take a step back
I think all content creators and business owners will agree with me when I say that we’re always on. When something is your baby, it’s natural for it to be on your mind all the time. The lines between our personal and professional lives are often blurred, and while that’s a part of the job, it’s also important to take time off once in a while. During my first week in Paris, I really took a step back from my work. I slowed down the amount of blog posts I was writing and left my camera at home. By the end of the week, I felt refreshed and full of ideas. Sometimes, a break is exactly what you need to get back on your A game.

Photography by Alina Sepp


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19 Comments

  1. November 7, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    reevaluating goals is a big one for me. I do this every new year (instead of resolutions). Every time I do this, my vision for my life over the next year feels fresh and attainable. It’s always good to make a little change to keep you on your toes.

    Great post and outfit! Love the photos!

    http://www.luellapearl.com
    Caitlin

  2. November 7, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    So many great ideas babe, as always! Love to take a step back and get new perspective, but also great to go back an revaluate the goals too. And love these pics, the outfit is lovely! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  3. November 7, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I feel this 100%! I’m taking a week off from blogging b/c I’ve been feeling super burnt out, and i’m so excited to get back to it! saw this on insta and broke my no-blog rule for this week – such good tips, especially the first one 🙂
    xx
    http://angelebaby.com

  4. November 7, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Totally agree, a small change like editing our photos in a different air can feel like a dose of fresh air. Love the way you play with colors now and the photos are fab! Wishing you a lovely day! xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  5. November 7, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I ADORE the photography you used for this post (no surprise there since I love Paris so much)! These are all such great suggestions and a perfect reminder for me right now.

  6. November 8, 2017 / 12:27 am

    Ahhh Paris!!! Loving this Parisian style outfit babe!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  7. November 8, 2017 / 5:44 am

    I totally agree with you. Great post and tips! So helpful.
    Xx, Raysa

  8. November 8, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Love your outfit Siffat! And these tips are spot on. I feel like it’s so much easier to work yourself into a rut when you work solo. You have to rely on yourself for fresh ideas and inspiration. When I start to feel this way I like to take a break – read an inspiring book, go outside for a walk or catch up with friends for coffee! A little perspective can go such a long way!

    Jayde x

    jaydearchives.com

  9. November 8, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Taking a break from time to time is so important and energizing. It’s like reloading. But though I know in theory how it works, putting it in practice is really challengeable. I am so happy you managed to take some days off and enjoy Paris.
    P.S. You look stunning!

    xo Corina
    http://www.unbouquetdamour.com

  10. November 8, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Ah such great tips and so true. It is hard to stay inspired sometimes especially when in addition to all the things you mentioned the medium is always changing which as well know can be challenging. But as long you love what you do inspiration will come. And your photos are always so wonderful. Maybe if I get to Paris again next year I can shoot you.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    http://www.allienyc.com

  11. November 9, 2017 / 3:57 am

    Totally agree! These are such a great tips. Sometimes blogging is stressful, there are some instances that you’ll out of ideas to write but get some break is definitely a good solution! Love creating new for my blog too, especially the settings of blog.

    P.S you look lovely on your outfit!

    xoxo, KatrinaIsha | Time Off

  12. November 12, 2017 / 3:36 am

    This is so on point dear, and I couldnt agree more, especially on #3. Sometimes, we need to take a step back to see the bigger picture. Btw, your photos are lovely as always dear.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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