8 Things to Do When You are Stuck in a Rut

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Going through the motions? Spinning your wheels?  Feeling stuck?  We've all been there.  We've all struggled to get out.  Here are my go-to ways to get out of a "rut" in a quick, healthy, productive way.

1. Identify the best part of your day.  Maybe it's getting home and changing into comfy clothes.  Maybe it's making a decadent breakfast.  Maybe it's taking a walk outside at lunch.  Maybe it's climbing into bed at the end of the day.  Whatever it may be, never skip it, build anticipation around it, and be fully present during it.  

2. Write down thoughts, lists, and ideas.  Your train of thought is important.  Writing it down can clear up confusion, help you make decisions, and guide you towards change. 

3. Do something mindless. Me?  I walk.  I walk and walk and walk and walk.  I once walked 25 miles in a weekend.  Doing mindless activity is a great way to process things.  Do dishes, clean your house, knit a blanket, do laundry, pick up trash, go for a bike ride, organize your closet, take a drive.

4. Buy something that speaks to your soul.  It doesn't have to be expensive.  It could be at a thrift store or yard sale.  Give yourself permission to buy something that your heart desires.

7. Take a vacation.  PTO is there for a reason.  There's nothing wrong with a mental health day.   Don't make plans.  Don't set up obligations.  Do whatever you feel like.  Sleep in. Watch morning talk shows. Take yourself out to lunch. Get yourself some flowers. Eat a bowl of cookie dough.  Just do you.

5. Take inventory and purge anything you don't love. It feels good to shed things you're not happy with. Ask yourself, "Would I purchase this again today?"  Knick-knacks, clothes, clutter, etc.  The less you don't like about your life, the proportionately more you do like about your life.

6. Read interviews and biographies.  Pick a few people who you really admire.... role models, entrepreneurs, and anyone who you deem "successful."  Study their journey and how they got to where they are.  Look at how they were in "the right place at the right time."  What is the "right place" to be at this time?  What industry?  Which network?

8.   Use mini-timelines and mini-goals to gain traction.  Look at your five year plan.  Overwhelmed?  Hopeless? Stuck? What steps have you taken?  What steps will you take? And when?  Most people fail to set the "when" or fail to execute it and stay stuck.   Make your dreams more manageable by breaking them down into smaller short-term goals with timelines within them.  For example... rather than  thinking about what you can do this week to help you move towards your ultimate goal, think about what can you do this week to help you move towards a smaller goal, which will help you move towards your ultimate goal.  

Love Love Love,
Dylan

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