I admit it … I’ve been stuck.
I’ve been so stuck that when I think about how to stop being stuck, my brain freezes up and I have to do something silly to get it moving again.
It’s called inertia.
In an effort to increase my interest in moving forward, I’ve just brainstormed a list of inertia-busting activities and time management tips to give me some motivation to work.
7 Ways to Get Started When You Feel Stuck
1. Stand up, stretch, and take a walk as a signal to your subconscious that you are in motion. When your walk is over, try again.
2. Make a bargain with yourself that if you do just one thing on your list, you can reward yourself in some way.
3. Set an alarm for 15 minutes. Sit in a comfortable chair, slowly breath in and out, and observe your thoughts. Allow them to go where they may. When the alarm goes off, stand up, shake yourself around a bit, and go back to work.
4. Do something that requires some sort of physical effort for 15 minutes. Once your 15 minutes are up, go back to your project.
5. One of the most effective time management tips I’ve learned is to set an alarm on your phone for 30 minutes. Work as hard as you can on your project until the alarm sounds. Take a fun break for a few minutes. Repeat.
6. Draw a doodle that expresses how it feels to be stuck. Then destroy the doodle in some strange manner.
- Rip the drawing into tiny pieces and throw it away.
- Make holes in it with a pencil.
- Tear it up and send it down the garbage disposal.
- Get a marker and scribble all over the drawing until you can’t see it anymore.
The wilder you get when you destroy your drawing, the better, the better chance that you’ll get a motivational bump. Let your emotions out.
7. Stand at a window and howl like a wolf.
Just kidding about this one, but if you decide to do it, invite me to the party, okay?
Do you have any time management or motivational tips you use to get you moving?