Everyone has at some point been in a rut or slump of sorts, where you just simply lack the energy, focus or inspiration to tackle tasks on your to-do list. Heck, some of us have probably even been lacking inspiration to write a to-do list! No matter how normal, though, it can be rather frustrating when you know you should be doing something better with your time or just doing something in general.
So how does one find motivation or inspiration in these gloomy days or sometimes weeks where nothing seems to ignite that spark? A few simple lifestyle changes can actually help you to stay on track and find inspiration whenever you feel yourself slipping into a bit of a pattern or slump.
Getting enough sleep is a key change you must make in order to prosper and make the most of your time. When you are sleep deprived you lack energy and mental ability to actually get yourself going and inspired, therefore not much will be accomplished, at least not quality work anyway. Even though the concept of time may fool you into thinking you’ll have more time to be productive if you sleep less, the reality is that your energy and mental power is significantly lower, so all that time you have? Well, it’ll be a waste cause your mind will be exhausted! Get enough snoozin’ in before you get going!
Writing out at least 3 tasks you want to accomplish at the beginning of a day is not only there to remind you of what you need to do, but it’ll actually provide you an added kick of motivation to complete your tasks. I am a huge advocate of planning and writing out lists. The reason is that it adds a kick of motivation since you don’t want to have anything looming over you, and it really does feel like a weight off your shoulders once you’ve checked off everything on your list. Something feels very satisfying about checking off an item from your list…try it, you’ll see!
Try Something New
The monotony of daily life can sometimes exhaust the best of us and in turn place us in a rut. The best way to get out of a rut is to snap yourself out it. Try something completely new and out of your comfort zone or simply go somewhere new. Nothing is more motivating than completing something you thought you never would, or having a slight change of scenery. You’ll find yourself re-energized afterwards and likely wanting to do several new things or tasks. Musicians aren’t the only ones who require a change of scenery for creativity, you probably could benefit from it too!
Don’t Force It
Even though you may have a timeline of when something needs to be done or how quickly you need to snap out of your “rut”, forcing it can do more harm than good. Take a break and step away from your work or space for a while whenever you feel stuck. There’s no point in getting frustrated, just pause and re-focus your thoughts temporarily to something else, it’ll help you come back with a clearer perspective and focus. You’ll more likely snap out of your rut naturally if you are able to relax your mind and rid yourself of the frustration, so take a short break and go for a walk, step away either physically or mentally for a short while and you’ll see yourself get better.
Clean Your Work Area
Nothing helps focus more than having a clean space to work in. Cleaning your desk or room has a strange way of also clearing some space in your mind and tidying “up there” as well. If you need to find added motivation, try and get rid of any clutter or mess around you, you’ll begin to feel a lot more creative and focused as a result.