How To Get Out of a Rut (My 4 Step Process) - To Be Human

How To Get Out of a Rut (My 4 Step Process)

You probably dream of the day when you’re crushing your daily affairs with minimal effort. You feel like a productivity wizard, getting only the right things done, with loads of time to spare. Your time management skills are world-class (more on this at the bottom of the page) and you almost feel like a machine, performing at your fullest potential and hardly getting tired. You’re accelerating towards your supreme goal in life at a tremendous rate. 

The only reason why it is a dream and not your reality is because presently, you are an embodiment of anxiety, held together by bones and armored with flesh. 

You are drowning in a sea of negative internal dialogue, developing extremely nihilistic views of the world and life in general. Your own thoughts are your worst enemy. 

You are this close to throwing away all ambition and you have stopped even thinking about how you want your day to look like. You let outside events dictate what you do with your time. You have surrendered the power of deciding what you want to do with the time at your disposal. Instead, you seek quick-fixes in an attempt to feel better and fill the hole inside of you. What you don’t realise is that back when you forcibly assumed control of what your days should look like, there was no such hole inside.

Sure, you probably have mentioned your problems to your best friend once or twice, but they don’t really seem to know how to help you at all. Instead, you obligingly present a huge grin when you’re around other people, so that they don’t realise you’re too self-conscious to even comprehend the conversation being held at that moment. You’ve given up trying to seek help. With every passing second, your soul is breaking apart.

Your thoughts have kept you awake almost every night. You despise them, little to your knowledge that they might set you free the very next moment.

You are alone with only the darkness and your dreadful thoughts to keep you company. That rigorous overthinking has helped you figure out that there’s a fork in the road in front, if nothing else. The first one is a long road. In that one, you see yourself succumb to social pressures and live an unhappy, unfulfilling life and die old with a shitload of regrets. 

The second is considerably shorter – end it now, the necktie is within your reach. But wait, what’s that? Looks like there’s a third path as well. It’s blurry, but your mind pursues it so passionately that it becomes clearer by the second.

Step Zero: Embracing change

Path #3 looks difficult, but it looks fulfilling and you see yourself happy in only that one of the three potential futures. You realise what you’ve been doing wrong. You were letting your demons consume your thoughts and had let social validation ruin your value systems. You’ve been living too far off your true potential. You realise that if you really want to be on Path #3, you need to make some big changes and truly embrace them. Now, more than ever, your priorities look clear. Your goals look achievable. There’s the spark. You’re changing your life starting this moment. You’re ready to begin living your best life.

Step One: Visualising and Setting Priorities

Write down your goals. Draw detailed sketches(if that’s what you like doing) of where you want to be in a year, three years, five years. Putting your thoughts on paper can help you refine every thought and vision you hold. It can also help you commit to something far boldly as compared to keeping your plans just in your head, only to be soon consumed by the endless chatter of the impulsive, pleasure-driven monkey in you. 

You can start out by writing down your long-term goals (say, 5-10 years) and then reverse engineer that supposed path, which will make you clear of your medium and short-term goals.

Your short-term/daily goals are to be set in such a manner that when you’re accomplishing them, you are in fact regularly executing things that are supposedly driving you closer to your supreme goal. 

Step Two: Know where your time goes

I have talked about the dire importance of consistency and repetition in one of my previous articles, and I can’t stress nearly enough on the importance of these underdogs of success. Repeating something over and over is the only surefire way to get better at your craft and to achieve any kind of success at all.

Now, the hurdle in front of you is to make time for the things you want to do exceptionally well for the rest of your life.

Recognize what activities take up most of your time. Are you spending most of your time doing the things that are propelling you towards what you deem is success? 

Find out how much time you spend lounging around, scrolling through news feeds, gaming more than you’re supposed to, or taking six-hour naps. Those are some valuable hours you are wasting away, when they have the potential to make or break your future.

Step Three: Plan your day every morning

All of us are given 24 hours a day. Some achieve more in one year than most ever do in a lifetime. The secret to effective time management is to start acting on building a routine where you divide your time into segments. This will make you realise how much time you actually have in front of you. You never really saw it before because you were spending too much time gaming or scrolling through Instagram.

Thereafter, you can decide what affairs primarily require your time and attention. 

There will be things that can be put off which clearly aren’t important. You could choose to ignore them, or do it during leisure if you really feel the need to do it.

Once you find out where your time goes, you have the power to decide where you want it to go.

Accomplishing all tasks that you set in the morning for the day ahead will prove difficult at first, but the growth and the “natural high”  that comes with it is worth the challenge. You wake up everyday and repeat the things you did the day before again and again, until the tasks become a habit. 

Small accomplishments compound themselves into more significant results over time, which make you more skilled than you were just a week ago.

These daily, small wins are enough to make you feel like the most powerful version of yourself at the end of the day. You will feel no need to resort to quick-fixes and devices of instant gratification just to make yourself feel better. 

Step Four: Execute

One cannot identify as a professional in any field if he is not subject to constant education and practice. When we see successful people, most think that they’re gifted in some way. Others think they work so hard that they have no time to have fun or appreciate life. 

Both these things are as far away from the truth about success as they can be. Yes, talent and obsession with your work can go a long way to shaping you into a success. But that is merely the surface to what actually happens in the lives of successful people.

High-performing professionals know where their time goes, assume control of their time and decide where they want it to go. They put their mind to effective time management, execute what their time-planner asks them to, and productivity follows. 

I myself used to feel powerless when it came to making the most of the time I had in my hands. 

When I discussed it with my teammates here at Redendron, it turned out that all of us were facing pretty much the same problem. This was followed by a revelation, followed by weeks of research on developing a system for effective time management. 

Now, I decide where my time goes. I do the things during the day I order myself to do in the morning. The end of each day feels like a huge accomplishment, and it feels pretty damn good.

We thought that keeping a world-class time management system to ourselves would go directly against everything we stand for.

So, we added a few things and made a few modifications to the rough system we had generated. This gave birth to the Creator’s Journal.

The Creator’s Journal is a productivity enhancing journal with time management systems used by world-class performers so you can do more in less time. You will find that all the steps mentioned above can be carried out once you get your hands on the Journal.

Research proves that people who practice gratitude regularly are comparatively more happier than those who don’t. We’ve included gratitude templates based on research we’ve read, conversations with experts and our own experiences.

It is structured in a way to get you in the habit of gratitude journaling …and we’ve made it as pretty as possible!

Click here to get your Productivity Journal.

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