So we are almost a month in to the new year and I don’t know about anyone else but I am already losing motivation? Well, that happened quickly. Ruts happen to me all the time. A funk, rut, slump, whatever you want to call it, they stink and make you super unproductive. Nobody wants that. So I am going to tell you what I do when I start to get in a rut and need to get out of it because life goes on and it’s definitely not waiting for you to figure it out.
Try figuring out the problem
This is tricky because they often come on pretty quickly. You can be feeling inspired one day and the next day BAM it’s just gone. You fall back into your same routines and you’re stuck. So start thinking about what could be making you feel this way. Something I have been working on is being AWARE of why I am feeling a certain way. Is there something that you’re doing that really just isn’t doing it for you anymore? Is there something you just really hate doing? Maybe that’s your problem. If you can’t figure it out right away don’t worry about it. Take your time, think about it, talk to a friend, or even write about it. I know that helps me 😉 lolololol
Remove the problem
Once you figure it out, you need to remove that reason why you’re feeling this way from your life. This is one of the hardest steps for me. Because doing this means that you’re putting your own happiness and well being BEFORE that relationship and that person, the certain thing thats bringing you down, or the comfort of your current situation. It means you have to get out of your comfort zone here and actually CHANGE the situation you’re in, and your way of looking at certain things, in order to change how you’re feeling. You can’t fully move on without completing this step. I am a strong believer in the idea of changing the way you see things in order for these things to change (refer to the top of this page and my mantra “if you aren’t obsessed with your life, change it.”), so if you can’t find a solid reason why you’re in a rut, maybe you can consider changing your outlook on life and having a more positive one.
Change it up
This can mean many things. What I immediately think of is your daily routine. I thrive on a schedule. BUT sometimes that schedule can be my downfall. I get into a rhythm and it becomes repetitive and just plain BORING. I don’t want my life to be boring and just feel like I am going through the motions. So switch it up, reorganize your room, start a new hobby, just something that will change your outlook on the outside so you can start changing your outlook on the inside. There is some switch that flips when you reorganize your furniture. Something in you that just says, “Well something is different here, so I must act differently.” It really does work and helps you change up your routine and mindset.
Rewrite your goals
Even if you aren’t physically writing your goals down with pen and paper, think about them and reflect. It is often needed to just go back and think why you even made that goal in the first place. Obviously you must have made it with the intent of accomplishing it. So establish what your goals were, maybe even add new goals, and start from there. A fresh list. A fresh start.
This part is always a hard one for me as well. You can think about all of this as much as you want but nothing is going to change unless you take action and work to improve your life. Ruts come often and definitely more than I would like. So take today or tomorrow and start thinking where you are and where you want to be. And most importantly, what the steps are you need to get there.