How To Get Motivated When You’re Stuck In A Rut

We’ve all been in the situation where we just get to the point where we don’t feel motivated to carry on with a project or even day to day tasks. It can be hard sometimes when you just feel drained creatively or to even just get on with every day tasks. I’ve found myself getting into this situation many times, definitely at least once every 1 – 2 months. However, I have managed to find some ways to get out of the rut and carry on feeling motivated and that is what I am going to share with you today.

Take a break

Too many people in this world do not know when to take a break, which is really sad. Get that break in! How do you expect to perform to your best when you’re working non-stop and ending up in a burnout? You won’t!

Why Did You Start?

After you’ve taken that well deserved break, come back with a pen and paper and ask yourself why you started in the first place. Was it to express yourself and find a way to be creative? Was it for your loved ones? Was it simply for you? When you remind yourself why you started, you’ll want to carry on and get your sh*t done!

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Look At How Far You’ve Come

The best thing to do is to look back at when you started and see how much you’ve progressed from there. If it is even a little bit, that is fabulous, do you know why? Because you’ve taken at least that step forward and now have that position/knowledge that you didn’t have before. One achievement, no matter how big or small, will add up towards your end goal. Look at how far you’ve come and use that as motivation that you can do it and you have proof that you can!

Create A Plan Of Action

This is the part where you brain storm ideas, what you want to work towards, when you want to complete certain things. This is where you start by creating a schedule, writing goals and to do lists. I will go into more detail below:

1) Create A Schedule

Finding and creating a schedule you are able to stick to is a brilliant way to get sh*t done. Make sure you create a realistic schedule so you don’t end up overdoing it and then finding yourself with no time to complete everything you want to.

2) Write Monthly/Weekly Goals

Goals are great for motivation. Having something to strive towards is fantastic to get out of that rut. It is something to look forward to when you achieve those goals and the possibilities that follow. E.g “If I achieve this goal this week/month it means I can XYZ” or “When I achieve this goal I will feel XYZ”. I’m not saying that achieving goals are the be all and end all here, but it is nice to have something to work towards and achieve.

3) Write A Daily To Do List

Who doesn’t love a to do list?! I find that when I have a to do list for that day I am able to get so much more done. I often make a to do list on my phone the night before (for some reason that’s when my brain tells me everything I want to do for the following day). Then it feels great when ticking off the list and even if there are still tasks left I will work out the best time to complete them.

Set A Timer

Set up a time limit to complete a certain task within that time frame. For example, set yourself an hour to write down that blog post you’ve been wanting to write (even if it is a rough draft), or set yourself a timer of 15 minutes to clean a room of your house. I saw someone on TikTok a few months ago setting herself a 15 minute timer to tidy a specific room of her house so then it wouldn’t feel like she was cleaning all day! I found this method fab to be honest, I’ve done it a few times now and can feel myself getting on top of things without worrying about it taking up too much time whilst looking after my daughter.

Block Off All Distractions

What usually distracts you from getting things done? Is it the series on Netflix you’ve been binging or is it mindlessly scrolling through social media? We’re all guilty of at least one of these! Try setting yourself a limit of how much of this you want to actually do in a day, maybe get your main task done and then reward yourself with one episode of your favourite show. It is surprising how much you can get done when you block away distractions!

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How do you motivate yourself when you’re stuck in a rut? Let me know in the comments below!

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