4 Ways To Get Motivated When You Are In A Rut
We’ve all been there.
The day to day of your life has been slowly ticking by. You have a lack of motivation, a lack of joy and a lack of inspiration.
The next thing you know, you’re stuck in a rut and unable to motivate yourself to get out of it.
Today, we’re sharing our 4 top ways to get motivated when you’re stuck in a rut.
Ready? Starting with…
Change Your Routine
Recently, I’ve found myself stuck in a bit of a rut.
I was feeling stressed and bored simultaneously, and unsure of where to go next.
Then one evening as my fiancé came home from work, my impending meltdown erupted.
His solution, I needed to change my routine.
Anyone who knows me well will know that I hate the winter months when darkness falls by 5 pm. I’m a summer girl at heart and nothing motivates me more than the warm summer sun.
I was stuck in a rut of waking up, working from home until it was dark outside, cooking dinner, cleaning, then off to bed ready for the next day.
For the past few weeks, I’ve woken up at 5 am each morning so that I could spend some time with my fiancé before he leaves for work, walk the puppy, have a wholesome breakfast, and start working by 6:30 am. Come the afternoon, I head on out and settle down in my favourite spot at Coffee Lab to finish work for the day.
There are so many reasons I’m loving my new routine, one of which is I still have hours of daylight left after finishing my to-do list for the day.
And I’m just as surprised as you; these 5 am starts have me feeling like a shiny new person!
Think about what your perfect every-day looks like. What changes can you make to your routine to make that perfect day your reality every day?
Change of Scenery
As a team of remote workers, we’re huge advocates of making your workspace a place that sparks inspiration and motivation; a place that helps you get into the flow of work; a place that truly brings you joy!
We’re not the type to commute during rush hour to work in a boring office with uncomfortable chairs and fluorescent lighting.
Whether you enjoy working from home with music playing in the background paired with the gentle flicker of the candlelight, or working from a cosy coffee shop with the hustle and bustle of the crowd, or working from a different country, your workspace should be a place you love.
So what do you do when your workspace no longer puts you in the flow of work?
Change your scenery.
Yes, it may be cliché, but changing your scenery can ignite a spark of inspiration that will lift you straight from your rut.
Get out of the house. Change your coffee shop for a couple of days. Light a new candle and choose a different playlist. Or venture further and visit a new city.
You’ll be amazed at how much changing your scenery can help.
STOP! Change Your Focus
Have you ever realised that you get the best ideas when you’re in the shower?
A sudden, but brilliant insight, that then gets washed down the drain?
There’s a psychological theory based on creativity and distraction, that suggests that aimless engagement in an activity - typically a monotonous activity - can be an excellent catalyst for free association. It’s called the Default Mode Network.
It suggests that the less aware you are of your environment, the more aware you become of your internal thoughts.
If you feel like you’re going around and around in circles trying to find some inspiration, take a break from what you’re doing, and spend some time engaged in a monotonous activity.
Some of my favourite ways to change my focus are to have a hot bubble bath with candles and music, to take my puppy out for a walk in the sun, and to take a drive to a coffee shop to work for the afternoon.
Meet New People and Network
One of our favourite ways to get motivated when you’re stuck in a rut is to meet new people and network.
As entrepreneurs, we get that it can be really lonely at times. With this, comes a loss of inspiration and motivation.
We find that reconnecting with others helps reignite that spark of inspiration.
By attending events, you meet so many people you wouldn’t otherwise have any contact with - people who can help you take your business to new places.
Whether you meet someone who’s on a similar journey to you, someone who encourages you to do something you were too anxious to do, or someone who inspires you that you’ve only met over Instagram, meeting new people at an event is a great way to get motivated when you’re stuck in a rut.
So, What’s Next?
We would love to see you at one of our events - check out our events page to see what we have coming up.
If you have any other top tips on getting out of a rut, we would love to know!
About the author
Evie Cox is the Virtual Office Manager here at Cone. She loves wearing many hats in her role, with day to day jobs ranging from general office admin, developing graphic content for web and social media, and writing the odd blog here and there.
Evie loves yoga and meditation, being beside the sea, and shares her home office with her DaxiJack pup Rosie!