How to Get out of a Rut
I’ve decided to try something new and see if you guys like videos as well as/or instead of reading. This time I’ll go into more detail in my video and summarise all of my tips on the blog. Hope you guys enjoy one of them!
We fall into ruts a lot but we always find a way out without even realising. Over the years, I have found the best ways for me personally to get out of a rut quickly and efficiently so that my motivation stays afloat!
Don’t feel disheartened if you’ve been sitting around all week not knowing what to do or where to go from your situation. Instead, look forward to what you can achieve and find that inner motivation to keep you going.
The day before I decide to actually get out of my bed, this is what i’ll do the night before.
These are my tips:
Tip #1 - Make a list
I promise not every blog post will have the step of making a list. . . I hope. Admit it though, lists will follow you until the day you die.
Make a list of every single thing that’s been running on your mind. You need to visit the post office or you need to work on a group project. Put everything that you NEED to do in that beautiful (or messy) notebook of yours.
Tip #2 - Prioritise
Ask yourself what you want to achieve by the end of tomorrow that MUST be done. For example – Uni work.
You’ll know what needs to be prioritised and section them off from your list or put a little note next to them.
Tip #3 - prioritise the easy
Look at your list again, and see what you can do that takes less than 10 minutes. This might include general things such as laundry or visit to the bank.
This will help you eliminate the things that we tend to ‘put off’ because we know how quick it takes. You’ll probably catch yourself saying ‘It’s alright I can do that tomorrow’ every single day, because you know that it only takes a couple of minutes to finish the task.
Tip #4 - Section them off
Open a new page, and section these off.
One list for ‘ To do : Quickly’ and ‘To do : by the end of the day’. These will be different for all of us. Be smart and don’t put something that you think will be quick on your ‘To do : quickly’ list, but in reality it takes long, because you’ll get carried away and end up losing track of time.
Tip #5 - Routine
Begin to visualise your routine in your head, or you can write it down. If you sleep at 12 and you want 7 hours sleep, wake up at 7 and organise your routine from there. Some people like to gym early, and some like to get their work done first. Whatever floats your boat.
Be logical about it and don’t plan to do 6 hours worth of work in 2 hours – this is when we add pressure to ourselves and end up being disappointed instead of proud of the work we just did.
You know what fits your routine best and what you know you can achieve in any given time!
Tip #6 - don't over do it
This means what you literally read. Don’t overdo your list, or your routine. Don’t try to achieve every single things on your list and don’t create too many to-do lists.
One thing at a time, and do it in chunks. In the video you’ll listen to me talk about the Pomodoro study technique, which touches on doing work in small chunks with small breaks in between. This will help you stay focused on what you want to achieve by the end of the day
If you truly want to get out a slump fast, take each step and do it to what you know you can achieve. There’s a difference between pushing yourself and stressing yourself out trying to put too much on your plate!
I hope this blog/video has helped you get back into the swing of things!
Until next time,