You know the feeling. What’s new isn’t interesting or exciting. What’s different seems to be the same. What should be energizing simply isn’t. What should be productive seems counterproductive.
These feelings can come up at any time.
Learn how to avoid getting stuck in a rut and, should you fall in, know how to get out of it.
Do this successfully, and you’ll dramatically increase your productivity and people will follow your lead.
Here’s how to avoid falling into a rut:
- Hang out with people who have a positive, enthusiastic attitude.
- Find an inspiring story and keep it close by.
- Seek a resource or two that makes you smile or laugh.
- Change your daily routine. If you can, avoid driving to/from work the same way.
- Create a list of something you don’t often do, then do it! If you don’t see movies often, go to a movie theater. If you rarely take a walk in the park, do it today.
The options are plentiful; get creative to recognize what works for you.
Here’s how to get out of a rut should you fall into one:
- Get together with a friend or family member who will give you a boost.
- Practice putting a positive spin on everything that comes your way.
- Think about people who are in a worse situation than you (and you’ll quickly realize yours isn’t so bad).
- Recalibrate your perspective on life by helping people in need.
- Make time to exercise and recharge your system.
- Visit www.SimpleTruths.com. Full of inspiring books, gifts, and videos, this site always gives me a lift.
Don’t let ruts kill your morale, productivity, and creativity. Do your best to avoid them. And once you’re in them, know how to strike out quickly so you can be a more effective leader.