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5 Sure Ways to Get Out of a Slump
Apr 15, 2021
Does anyone else find themselves hitting these serious slumps every now and then? I find I have such low energy and just feel completely blah. I know these feelings are often related to hormones, and when I know it’s that, I honour it: indulge in early bedtimes, place less on my to do list, schedule some much needed girl time, and devour a bit too much chocolate. But other times my slumps involve no motivation. I hate it! I am not an unproductive type of gal, and I love ticking off my to do list efficiently, as you know. So I thought I’d share with you how I get out of my slumps and back into my Girl Boss Takes Action mode in 5 easy steps. But first, can I just say, I blame Covid and think we all can blame it for feeling crappy sometimes because Covid sucks and it’s been here way too long, right?
Okay, Covid out of the way, now I am back to business and to getting you out of your slump. Here it goes:
- Clink your champagne to your wins!
That’s right: think back to your past successes and wins. They remind you that you can do it, you have done it, and you will do it again. Think back to the joy you felt and the celebrations that you indulged in: this will definitely make you feel better! Now you need to carry that joy, and visualise you next goal and how you are going to achieve it.
2. Ask yourself “why?”
Try not to think of the end goal as a final point nor panic at the thought of the journey ahead, rather try to remember why you are doing what you are doing. This “why” is ultimately the motivation for your moment/project, and it reminds us why we are on this journey in the first place. It may even help to write your “why” down. I am all for that — pull out your Edit and make a note, add some stickers, and remind yourself you are kickass!
3. Redefine your to do list
Yes, I know, I talk about to do lists and their value in nearly every post but seriously gals, they really are that important. Here is my post on getting to the most out of your to do list which is really worth a read but when you are feeling in a slump and unmotivated I often find to do lists terrifying and I almost freeze and do nothing. So when you are feeling unmotivated, eelook at your to do list and define your micro tasks. For example, “tidy house” is absolutely overwhelming and I bet you are never going to tick that off but if you start with “sort out paperwork on desk” you can achieve this. And trust me it is amazing how motivating a “tick” can be. My gran used to say, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” which I always remember when I am feeling overwhelmed.
4. Go back to time management basis
Time management and time blocking are such a great tips for productivity, and I find it more important than ever when feeling blah. Once you time block your day, the day isn’t just this long expansive time ahead of you — that is overwhelming. Small time blocks allow focused attention in that space.
5. Focus on what you need
As I said earlier, I truly believe in honouring yourself in this moment of your life. Take deep breaths, slow down, have a longer sleep. Often these slumps are the way of your body/mind/heart telling you “hold on, I need a minute,” and I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to honour this space. Trust that where you are right now is where you’re meant to be. We rush continuously, and move from one project to the next immediately. Slow down. I often feel like this after finishing a book, I need time and space before I can jump into the next one, to mourn the end of my relationship with the characters. I think it is also the case at the end of a big project — one needs to take the time to honour the achievement before jumping into the next thing too quickly. Pause, ladies, we all need a pause.