Have you ever woken up feeling fed up of your routine? To the point you feel as if your trapped on a hamster wheel and all you seem to be doing is going round in circles and getting more and more deep into a bottomless pit of a negative cycle? You can be the most generally happy, and optimistic driven person but some reason your processing and seeing things differently . This is because your in a rut, you’ve run out of ideas and inspiration.
This rut maybe the reason why you aren’t getting results in your business or taken it to the next phase of generating revenue. As a person I’m normally productive, in my career, fitness and business life but I get into occasional ruts. This is usually business and career related when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest and lacking sleep.
Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a journalist, professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other professions, hope you will try these 8 steps useful.
1.Remember your Why
Sometimes we need to take ourselves back to the beginning of why you wanted to do what you were doing. It’s so easy to lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help. What was your motivation? What made you excited about it? and what was the short or long term benefits it would have on your life? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Being able to reconnect to your why will get you back on the path to your how and when.
When you feel like quitting think about why you started!
2. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
A healthy body helps with a healthy mind. Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go for a run, take a fitness class, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer. As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked. Anything that takes your mind away from the task at hand is sometimes all you need to feel less bogged down. Sometimes I get new ideas during my gym workouts, and even more when I sit back down in front of my laptop.
For me exercise is more than just physical – its Therapeutic – Michelle Obama
3. Its Good to Talk
For some people talking to someone they trust and feel comfortable with helps to get your mind off work for a while. Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way. The main thing to avoid when talking to a friend is talking about your rut. Sometimes misery doesn’t love company as it only pushes back the issues you have into your forefront of your mind set.
Talking to your best friend is sometimes all the therapy you need!
4. Get Inspired
You may need some inspiration and motivation to get your brain cells stimulated once again. Why don’t you look for upcoming webinars, or if available go to a networking seminar improve yourself and meet others. Follow influencers, sign-up to newsletters or listen to inspirational cds or podcasts. Use the resources out there to get yourself firing on all cylinders.
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!
5. Power Naps
Sometimes being in a rut can affect your sleeping habits and can contribute to spells of insomnia and brain freeze. Have a quick nap when your body needs it during the day. If you work from home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.
Dear sleep, I know we had problems when I was younger.. but I love you now!
6. Take a Break
If your an entrepreneur and have started your own business and have headed into a stumbling block on which direction to take the business this can also take you down the rut root. It maybe time to take a step away from the business, whether its for a few hours or days it best to move away from your work station. Take a good break. Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break and arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Try to avoid checking your (work) emails or do anything work-related. This break is all about recharging your battery to return ready with creative ideas. Sometime the best ideas will hit you when there’s no pressure or deadline to a task.
Sometimes, you need to step outside. Get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be!
7. Your End Vision
Paint a vision to work towards. If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward. The reason why a vision board can work is because the board is a reflection of the thoughts we hold around something we desire to come into fruition in our lives. The board becomes a visual reminder resonating the energy of what we desire. Put your vision board in a prime location where it can’t be avoided. Let your mind take you to there, take you to your destination. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you, excites you and use that to trigger you to action to get you back on course of achieving your end result.
Create a vision that makes you wanna jump out of bed in the morning!
8. Set your new Goals
So you have your vision board and have that final destination in sight. How will you get there? This is where you need to set some goals, your footprints into mini projects. Did you know Top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields all set goals? Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation . Use a system that helps you realistically breakdown your goals such as the SMART system. This process helps you to breakdown and focuses on the specifics, helps you to measure your progress, ensure that they are achievable and realistic and set with time and end date.
Setting goals is the first step in turning the INVISIBLE into the visible!
Everyone’s rut is unique to them, I get that but the many resolutions to get you out of it comes from you alone. The key to getting out my rut I’ve found, is actively investing myself in passions that resonate with me. My passion and creativity is what gets me excited so find yours. Maybe your rut is down to working on something that deep down isn’t what you want to do. Perhaps we would do best by acknowledging those things we know we love. The first step is getting curious, allowing yourself to identify or reconnect with whatever it is that gets you excited. Once your there, the only choice is to start—to invest your free time and energy, instead of making excuses not to do it.
Its never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck, do better!