Notes To Self: Getting Out of a Rut

5 ways to get out of a rutIt’s July and I’m wondering what I’ve actually done this year. I’m also in such a blogging slump. It’s that annoying combination of having lots of little ideas floating around in my head but having absolutely zero motivation to make any of them actually happen. Sometimes you just have to go with the slump and wait for it to pass, but there are also a few things you can do to try and get out of that rut sooner…

Rest up

If you’re really struggling to get motivated, chances are you’re a bit burnt out. Take some time out to relax and give yourself a break. Get ready to embrace napping, with a side order of Netflix.

Change your scenery

Sometimes we’re in a rut because we’re so caught up in the same routines every day. Wake up, go to work, come home, make dinner, go to sleep. Repeat to fade. Changing up your scenery can help break the monotony and make you realise what you do like about your routine. It doesn’t have to be a big trip by any means, it could be as simple as taking a new route to work or something that requires more planning, like taking a day trip or a weekend break. Just seeing some different views can work wonders.

Mix it up

I also find trying something new helps me when I’m feeling fed up. Follow a recipe you’ve never tried before, read about a subject you don’t know anything about, say yes to something you’d normally say no to, start a class or online course, write about something you don’t usually write about.

Find inspiration

The internet is obviously an endless source of inspiration, but it’s all to easy to feel even more disheartened after an evening spent reading about the amazing things other people are doing. Step away from mindless browsing and find sources of inspiration that work for you. For me it’s reading beautiful magazines, being around nature, spending time with people I love, and going to the cinema or exhibitions on my own.

Accept it

If nothing is working and you’re still struggling to motivate yourself, try to accept that this is just going to be a slow period. Know that it will pass, and make the most of any small burst of motivation you do get. Don’t make yourself feel worse by beating yourself up over the fact you haven’t written x amount of blog posts, or started that project, or don’t have the motivation to finish the piece you’re writing. Make note of your ideas and come back to them when you feel more refreshed.

How do you get yourself out of a rut when you’re feeling totally fed up?

If you liked reading this note, why not take a look through my Notes to Self series, a series of posts helping remind you, me, us to take better care of ourselves.

  • These are great, I can totally relate right now. Usually when I have a blogging slump it’s a reflection of how I’m not feeling great with life in general, so I try to cheer myself up first!

    Jane / deluminators

    • Yes I always find that helps – there’s usually something bigger going on!