Post # 1
I’d like to know if you smart ladies have any suggestions on how to deal with shaking myself out of a rut.
Lately I’ve been making a lot decisions that I’m not happy with. I’ve been wasting time on TV/the Internet (::ahem:: certain forums ::ahem::), have been just skating by at work instead of tackling projects head on, have been cheating on my diet, and have not been working out much, haven’t been keeping good sleeping habits, etc.
I keep telling myself to just DO the things I’m avoiding…but that’s not working. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to shake myself out of this rut? I just wasted away my whole Sunday doing NOTHING interesting or productive. I’m so frustrated with myself. What is with me lately?
Post # 3
@cbgg: I get that way sometimes, but I just have to force myself to get up and do something. It’s just that first hump that’s the killer. Then once I get started it’s easier to keep the motivation going. I like to tell myself “Oh, in an hour.” or “Oh, just as soon as I finish reading this post/searching this item/whatever.” then 6 hours later I’m still sitting in the same place wasting time. So sometimes I have to just stop what I’m doing right this second mid-read and start a project that needs to be done.
Post # 4
Something that (sometimes) helps me is motivational quotes! If you stick up a few where you are likely to see them every day, like the fridge or bathroom mirror, then that could help inspire you to stay motivated!
Post # 5
@cbgg: Commenting to follow 🙁 I feel you, man.
Post # 6
I’m interested in what ppl have to say as well. I’ve been in said rut for a while.
Post # 7
I try and give myself little rewards for simple things. Like, if I run that errand after work (instead of going straight home because I’m exhausted), I’ll get some froyo at the store. Or, if I workout today, I will paint my nails. Stupid things, but it helps me.
I agree with you that once you stop moving, it’s ten times harder to get motivated again. I try and get everything done right after work. If I come home and sit first, I will never get up. Plus, it’s a great feeling knowing that you’ve accomplished things and you don’t feel guilty sitting in front of the tv after.
Everyone gets like this sometimes, I hope you find some motivation soon!
Post # 8
I’ve been thinking about this two days and I downloaded a few audibooks to help me try to get my motivation mojo back. This helps in 2 ways. Firstly, the books are motivational and will hopefully give me an reinvigorated perspective (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Unbroken, and The Fire Starter Series).
This not only helps me because they are motivational, but also because Audiobooks sort of keep me out of trouble. They are interesting, but I am usually really productive while listening to them since they keep me off the internet and away from TV! I am entertained and enlightened, but meanwhile I can cook or clean or workout or whatever.
Post # 9
If its just a tempoary state of mind, I just acknoweledge yes I’m slacking but I need a mental break and thats okay. but if need a kick in pants then I motivation clips on youtube.
If the rut goes for longer then I do tend to something out my norm. Shake things up a bit. Take a class or learn a skill thats been in the backburner. Its a way of rediecting your energy.
Post # 10
I get like that during the winter when there’s no sun. SAD.
im useless all winter.
Post # 11
I get this way too. It’s really, really hard to motivate sometimes. Obviously, I have found that the less I like doing something, the less motivated I am 🙂 I find that it helps to tag team annoying things – like housework. Music helps me a lot too – when I run, during housework, etc. I find that the more I workout, the more energy I have, which means I can tackle more things during my day. I agree about the getting home and sitting down thing – also, if I wake up on the weekends and sit down (which is usually every weekend!) it’s really hard to have any ‘get up and go’ after that. I usually get a late start which means I can’t accomplish as much during my day.
It’s a hard battle – I feel yah. I’m interested to see what other people say too!