5 Things You Can Start Doing Today When You Feel Stuck in Routine

Are you one of the many who complains about being stuck in a repetitive routine? Do you feel that you are just too busy to enjoy life and cannot wait to board the next flight to an exotic island in the middle of nowhere to finally feel some excitement?

Let me tell you a little secret…

You are running away from the core of the problem!

“Where’s the nearest exit, please?” photo by Franck V. on Unsplash

And you’re not alone. I have seen it and experienced it too. It is only normal to feel stuck at some point, like nothing is changing and we almost seem to want to click fast-forward.

Luckily there are some actions you can take today to prevent yourself from having a bore-out.

1. Take time to recharge

Are you taking regular breaks to energize? image by A conscious rethink

You know what happens when you forget to charge your phone right?

Although you probably won’t die, you need to recharge to stay alive and productive.

No matter how much you have on your to-do list, taking some time to unwind is vital for your health, your relationships and your work. You can’t get away with the excuse of “not having time” when you truly know deep down that it’s not true. We all have 30 minutes to spare. Just like they say in romantic relationships, if you want it, you can always make time for it.

You should allow yourself to practise something you already know you enjoy or to just experiment…endlessly. Here is how I found my poweroutlet.

2. Plan your me-time

It sounds a bit ambitious, but sometimes you really have to. You might be spending too much time adjusting your plans based on other’s agendas.

But what about yours?!

Being by yourself means you stop trying to please, you can freely decide what, where and when without feeling that you need to compromise on your choices. It’s time for a treat!

3. Try something new

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

Now, you’ve probably heard this so many times, but the truth is routine makes it easy to do several things without having to think too much.

And that’s probably why you haven’t thought of something new to do!

Being out of your comfort zone will expose you to a world of endless possibilities. Let’s say that one day you decide to cycle instead of drive. You will most likely get lost a few times, take the wrong turn or skip a red light. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to break the way you feel every single day?

This is something you can try regularly and it can range from eating a new type of food, meeting with someone you don’t normally see, or you name it!

Click here to read more about how my life took a turn when I decided that it was time for something new, not once or twice but three times!

4. But also… live your life day by day

Sometimes it is nice to stop planning so much and let every day surprise you. After all, we never know what can happen. It could be on your way somewhere, while chatting with someone you know (or don’t know) or at the comfort of home.

It has happened to me that I was looking for a job countless of times a day on LinkedIn and that single day when I stopped looking, someone random approached me from the other side of the world to have a conversation. 1 month later I was leaving the country: true story.

Since then I became a firm believer that the most life-changing events happen when we least expect them, so save some uncertainty and keep your mind open for the unpredictable.

5. If none of these work, it might be time for a break!

When was the last time you left the country?

Landscape, sunshine and a bit of wind. photo by me in Bariloche, Argentina

Travelling is a useful means to escape routine but it can also be a good way to try all of the above in an unusual environment. It is known that when you are physically away from the usual, new ideas can materialize and you might actually uncover a side to your life that you hadn’t experienced in your own country.

You might realize that you actually enjoy the sea so much that you decide to buy a sailing boat when you are back.

Or more extremely, you may decide that you are better off in this new country and really need a change of scene, so you can look forward to going back and planning your next move.

The possibilities are endless.

When it comes to changing our habits, remember that less is more, taking that small first step is always the hardest, but trust me, it gets better in time!

So what are you waiting for? Take your first step now!

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