Get out of a rut

9 Fast and Furious Ways to Get Out of a Rut

Published on 07 July 2022
Written by Lisa Guglielmino

We all get stuck in ruts from time to time. 

You know you're in a rut when every day seems the same and it's enjoyable.
After a while, it’s hard to know the best way to bring about the changes that can make life exciting, interesting, and enjoyable again. Ruts tend to be self-perpetuating and require a decent amount of energy to get back out.

Implement these 9 strategies to get out of your rut:

  1. Realize that your discomfort is a good sign. As humans, we tend to feel uncomfortable when we experience change in our lives. Accept the fact you might have some challenging feelings to navigate as you come out of your rut and get your life back on track.

  2. Find a passion or interest to add to your life. Now’s the perfect time to take up yoga or the guitar. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to paint or try out mountaineering, go for it! Your concerns and worries will vanish when you're involved in something that fascinates you. Make a list of the things you’ve never tried, but have always wanted to. Find one or two things that interest you the most and give them a shot. 
  1. Schedule your new activity.  It should get the high-priority status it deserves. Make your new hobby a priority by scheduling it into your life.

  2. Look for a new way to do old things. Work takes up a lot of our waking hours, so life is much more enjoyable when you like the field you choose. There’s no reason to spend the majority of your adult life in a career or a business that doesn’t interest and excite you. So that may mean reinventing how you do things or even if you are in the right field.

  3. Get physical.Sometimes we spend so much of the day sitting and staring at a computer screen that we forget about our bodies. A body can’t stay healthy if it doesn’t get the chance to stretch, move around, and exert itself a bit each day. If you’re not active, consider adding some exercise into your day.
  1. See the doctor. If multiple aspects of your life seem to be in a rut, it might be time to see the doctor. It’s possible that an underlying health issue might be the culprit of your rut.

  2. Start small. It can be overwhelming to change every aspect of your life at once. Just make small changes and stick to it. Rome wasn't built in a day. Make a list of everything you would like to change about your life or your business day. Start with either the easiest or most meaningful change. Plan the best course of action for you at this time. You can always add in additional changes over time.
  1. Set a goal. If you’re lost, sometimes a goal is the best tool to refocus. Having a clear target can help you stay on track. A goal provides a clear, measurable, and time-based objective.
  1. Go someplace new. Have you ever noticed you have a different perspective when you’re in an airplane and look down? Life just seems a little different. Experience a new location. The different surroundings and people are bound to alter your outlook on life. You might only have to hop in your car and head for the city or mountains.

Jumpstart your life today and get out of that rut.Remember, you'll have to adjust your behaviour if you want to make positive change and that can be a challenge. Give these tips a fair chance and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results. You can start small, but start today.

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