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3 Things to Do When You Feel Stuck in a Rut

Monotony got you down? Here’s how you can snap out of it.

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BY Kat Boogaard - 23 Oct 2017

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There's nothing worse than feeling like you're stuck in a major rut. Each day seems almost unbearably monotonous and predictable, and your passion for your work is quickly waning as a result.

Not only does this send you spiraling into an emotional funk, but it also makes it that much tougher to get stuff done. Along with your excitement, your motivation and productivity soon take a steep nosedive as well.

This "blah" feeling can be tough to shake. But, fortunately, there are a couple of things you can do to reignite your enthusiasm and pull yourself out of that hole. Here's what to do when you feel like you're stuck in a rut.

1. Switch Up Your Routine

If each and every day seems far too similar, why not take a look at your routine and see what pieces you could move around?

Maybe you want to hit the gym before the office -- rather than heading in after work like you normally do. Or, perhaps instead of eating at your desk over your lunch hour, you'll use that break time to go for a walk or run some errands.

By changing up your standard processes, you'll add some difference to your average day, which can serve to snap you out of the monotony of your daily life. Rest assured, even small changes can have an impact.

And, who knows, you might just land on a new routine that works even better for you.

2. Start on a Passion Project

When you feel stuck, it's natural to lose all passion and enthusiasm for your work. And, when that happens, it's wise to channel your energy and attention into something new.

For you, maybe that looks like getting started on creating that online course you've been planning for ages. It could be redesigning your website or outlining that novel you've always wanted to write. Or, maybe it's even a hobby like signing up for that ceramics class you've always been curious about.

Figure out something new that you could inject into your weeks that will reignite your zest for life. Sometimes there's nothing quite like a brand new endeavor to give you a totally refreshed perspective.

3. Set a Lofty Goal

As brutal as it might be to hear, you're actually playing a rather large role in the fact that you're weighed down by monotony. You've gotten so adjusted to your comfort zone that instead of relishing that predictability and stability, you resent it.

With that in mind, it's time to stretch outside of that beloved comfort zone of yours by setting a big, ambitious goal for yourself -- whether it's professional or personal.

From training for your first marathon to aiming to increase sales for your business a certain percentage by the end of the year, outlining something major that you want to accomplish will give you a renewed sense of motivation and light a fire under you to just keep moving.

Nobody likes feeling stuck in a rut. But, unfortunately, it happens. When you find yourself trapped with that "blah" emotion, give these three tactics a try to give that rut a swift kick to the curb.

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