Why is it so easy to fall into a rut but so hard to get out?
I haven’t blogged in months and honestly, it’s because I didn’t know what to blog about anymore. There is so much outside noise in the blogging world and it’s hard to ignore it 24/7. I would go through phases of having so many post ideas and then I’d fall into a rut and start to hate every idea that came to mind.
I decided to allow myself to take as much time as I needed to sort my thoughts and figure out what direction I want to take my content. I’ve come up with some ideas of what type of content I want to create and I’m ready to get back into the swing of things.
Today, I thought I’d share my methods for getting out of the inevitable rut.
Now, there are many kinds of ruts you can fall into. You basically can become complacent in any part of your life and when you look up, realize you’ve been just going through the motions. Here’s how to tell if you’ve fallen into a rut.
Signs you’re in a rut
- Lack of interest in your usual hobbies
- Complacency in any area of your life
- Unusual laziness and lethargy
- Unusual disorganization & chaos
- Extreme boredom, pessimism, and unhappiness
If you’ve felt like any of these points for an extended period of time, you may be in a bit of a rut. Don’t worry. This can easily be fixed by doing one or a combination of the below.
How to get out of a rut
Switch things up. Try something new.
When I become complacent, that’s when I know it’s time for a change. If you usually go straight home after work, try making plans to meet a friend or sign up for a workout class. If you normally stay in on the weekends, make plans to go to the beach or a local event. Make small changes in your routine to ignite your creativity and productivity.
Get organized and make a plan.
Falling into a rut really hinders your productivity levels. When I’m in a rut, it becomes difficult for me to complete simple tasks. I end up quitting halfway through. When I notice this happening, I pull out my agenda or create a new note in my phone and list out a plan to get things done. When I feel like I’m in control, I’m able to take steps towards achieving my goals.
Do something that makes you feel good.
This could be going to dinner, happy hour with friends, or even going shopping. Just do anything that brings you happiness. Do until you are no longer feeling down.
Read a book, listen to a podcast, or watch inspirational videos.
If I’m feeling out of control of my life, I like to read, listen to, or watch successful people that inspire me to be better. I also pray and read the Bible to get realigned on a deeper, spiritual level.
Make a drastic change.
If you find yourself in a rut often or for an unusual amount of time, it may be time to make a drastic change to your life and routine. Whether it’s changing your look, location, or career, do something big that will help your achieve your goals and bring you happiness.
Doing these things have helped me with getting out of my rut and getting back on track. If you currently find yourself in a rut, try these out and let me know what works best for you!
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