Stuck In A Rut? 2 Simple Rules To Getting Unstuck

Have you ever been stuck in a rut? OR…Longed for an end to a crappy day, week, year?

We ALL have.

I had been working my butt off on my new project. All I could do was eat, sleep, breathe, and think about this project. I was burning the candle at both ends and I burnt out.

I’ve had a hard time with perfectionism most of my adult life. I’m no clinical psychologist, but I believe “perfectionism” is the root cause for indecision which leads to anxiety, and then overwhelm. I had to step back and ask myself, “Is this good enough?” Forget about criticisms, critiques, or worrying about what “so-and-so” may say. So, instead of obsessing and wasting time tweaking, editing, trimming, I just hit “publish.” If anything, this habit has taught me how to let go of perfectionism. I’m by no means cured, but it’s good enough (for now). It wasn’t until I began writing again that the fog began to clear. Not only has this daily writing practice helped me gain clarity and focus, but it also helped me get me out of my “funk.”

Morning Pages

Many people have blogged or posted on YouTube about the benefits of writing daily. Morning Pages is a result of a daily writing habit and I’d like to share what I’ve been doing.

Here’s how I do it

I write daily. Not type into a Google doc, but I write (long-hand).

My two simple rules are:

  1. Write every morning (anytime between 12:01 a.m. & 11:59 a.m.); and
  2. Write a minimum of 3 pages (or as many pages in 15 minutes)

I know what you’re thinking…“Yeah right, Jennifer, who has the time or energy to do that?” I feel the same way. My 2-year-old wakes up 3–4 times at night looking for ‘Mommy.’ So, I feel you. But, before you write this off (no pun intended), remember this. Writing is cathartic and can be a positive experience. I’ve gathered countless project ideas from this habit.

Just write like you talk. When was the last time you ran out of things to talk about? You’ve been talking since you were a toddler and writing since you were in kinder. You are an EXPERT with well over 10,000 hours of practice.

If the thought of writing every morning makes your toes curl, then right before bed or at lunchtime. Try to find the time. WRITING is a game-changer.

So, hop in the car and head over to Target. Don’t stop at the Dollar Spot. Head straight to the School Supplies section and grab one of those black, marble composition books (wide rule preferably). Fill it with gratitude, to-dos, hopes, dreams, fears, frustrations, the next great invention. It doesn’t matter. Just write. No judgment. Its just you and your thoughts.

If you already have a writing habit…I’d love to hear about it!

What writing habit do you use? Share in the comments below.

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I’m Jennifer Roberts, a blogger, writer, and productivity maven. I blog about productivity, career stuff, and more (psst…I love interviewing empowering women, too).