Happy Wednesday, friends! We are halfway through the week and I am more than ready for the weekend. Lately, I haven’t really felt like myself and I feel like I have been stuck in a rut. Every now and then this happens… it is totally normal! My week didn’t start off so great and I let it get the best of me… But it is important to get out of the rut and get motivated again! So today I am taking a break from my normal fashion and beauty posts and sharing the steps I take to get motivated and back on track when I find myself slipping into a rut. If you find yourself in a situation where you have lost the motivation to be the best self you can be and you have the potential to do better, then this post will be perfect for you! Here are my tips for what to do when you are stuck in a rut.
Wake up early
Nothing is better than waking up early and getting stuff done! Of course, on the weekdays when I have to go to work I have to get up early. But I have noticed whenever I am in a rut, I lay in bed as long as possible and keep hitting snooze. That is the worst thing I could have done for my motivation and productivity! It just feels so good to wake up early and accomplish your daily goals without rushing. If you have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, try using an upbeat song you love as your alarm. A song you love can put you in a positive mood and will help start your day right!
Clean your space
I cannot be productive if the space around me is a mess. At work, I clean or organize my desk each day before I leave. At home, I try to make my bed every day, put my makeup away as soon as I am done, and keep the clutter away. Lately, I have been terrible at doing this and my small apartment seems impossible to keep clean. As soon as I start slacking and letting things get messy I start to feel like I can’t accomplish anything until it is clean. If I don’t do my dishes right away, they start to pile up and I have a ton to do at the end of the week (not motivational at all!). I have to keep my space clean in order to be productive! Get in the habit of putting things away where they belong as soon as you are done using them. By doing this right away you won’t have to be stressed about doing it later.
Get a planner
Having a planner can help you organize your life and relieve you from being overwhelmed. When I don’t plan out my week I feel lost. At the beginning of each week, I try to sit down and plan out my days and make lists. I make a grocery list, meal plan list, goals list, workout list, and more. This helps me set my priorities for the week and remember everything I need to get done. This year I am using the Erin Condren Lifeplanner, but last year I used the Passion Planner. Both are great planners depending on your planning preference.
It is hard to get motivated when you have a huge task to complete. Whenever I have a lot to do I can get completely overwhelmed and end up procrastinating. It really helps to start small and complete smaller tasks first. Once you have completed the smaller tasks, you will be on a roll and will be able to tackle the bigger tasks. It also helps to break big tasks up into smaller tasks so they aren’t overwhelming.
Give yourself a pep talk
Sometimes you have to give yourself pep talks. Like “Hello, you’re a badass woman. Don’t be sad. You got this and I love you.”
This quote couldn’t be truer. Sometimes you just need to tell yourself how awesome you are and that you CAN do it! If you need a little extra help, print free inspirational quotes off Pinterest and hang them around your space. Having constant reminders and inspiration around you will motivate you throughout the day.
Surround yourself with motivational people
Along with giving yourself a pep talk, surround yourself with supportive and positive people. If you hang out or with people that are negative and not very motivated themselves, it will definitely affect your mood! Also, make plans and get out of the house. Being alone and not socializing can definitely put you in a rut. When you are alone, you can talk yourself into an even worse mood while your mind races. This was something I struggled with when I moved into an apartment by myself.
Use essential oils
So I will be the first to admit, I was not an “oil” believer until a few months ago. Back in December, my friend April reached out to me about Young Living essential oils. Since I was on a whole new wellness journey so I figured “why not?” Wel I am sure glad I decided to give them a try because now I am hooked! There are literally oils for everything. Whenever I am feeling down, my favorite oils to defuse are valor with Idaho blue spruce and white Angelica, or joy, Idaho blue spruce, and grapefruit.
Take a break
Sometimes you just need to step back and take a break. If you are at work, get up and take a 5 or 10-minute walk to clear your head. If you really need to get away, take a day off (it’s ok to take a mental health day when you need it!). You don’t need to actually travel to take a vacation from work. I have read several articles about Millenials and our failure to use vacation days. Paid time off is there for a reason, so don’t be afraid to use it if you have it! When you come back to work or whatever task you are working on, you will feel more positive and motivated to start again.
Change things up
Sometimes when you do the same thing all the time, it becomes boring and uninspiring. Sometimes when I am in a rut, I like to change things up. I might rearrange my bedroom, go to a coffee shop to work, and maybe even change my drink order at Starbucks. Changing your routine can be something as little as changing your coffee order, or as big as changing your job or career. If it is going to inspire you and make you happier, go for it!
Remember the why
One thing you need to remind yourself is WHY you are doing something. Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do and it can cause us to fall in a rut. Think about how you felt when you started doing what you were doing and ask yourself what made you feel so good about it in the first place. Why did it make you so happy?
I hope my tips inspire you and help you get out of the rut you are stuck in. Comment below what you do to get yourself out of a rut!