Find your momentum again with these cost-effective activities.
It can happen to anyone for any reason. One minute you’ve got a plan and feel pumped to check off those tasks on the to-do list. Then out of nowhere you hit a wall – or more likely, the wall hits you.
For those uninspiring days where you desperately want to be productive but just can’t find motivation, there are easy activities out there that can get you back on track. It’s not an extravagant vacation or a shopping haul – it can be totally cost-free.
A QUICK JOG or WALK One of the best forms of mental stimulation is exercise – get your blood pumping and increase the production of serotonin, a chemical neurotransmitter that effects moods, appetites, and more. And even if you’re not sweating with this physical activity, that’s okay – getting your body moving is what’s important.
PLAYLISTS I’m notorious for having a lot of playlists, when in fact it’s one of the most effective tools that’s worked for me, but that’s okay – this can help inspire me. It’s is also effective if I try to go on a walk or jog because music gets me amped. (My go-to exercise playlist is an eclectic bunch from Metallica to the Mad Max soundtrack to Sia. Browse around for a great variety that fits each playlist well.
FAVORITES DAY If you’re not feeling up to an outdoor exercise activity, give yourself an indoor favorites day. What’s your favorite movie, book, or thing to eat? Stream that movie, bust out that book, or cook that creamy mac n cheese. As Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle of Parks and Rec would say – “Treat Yoself!”
MAKE A PLAN If you’re one who’s keen to try and stay productive or on track, try plotting out what needs to get done. There isn’t one magical, golden way to do this, of course – it’s different for everyone. Some tricks can be through lists, brainstorm bubbles, or even a bullet journal. If you haven’t already, Google Calendar is fantastically user-friendly with their UI. You can create sub-calendars to appear as you like, color-code plans, and drag items with ease. Its’ one of the most effective ways I’ve come to plotting out events.
Getting stuck in a rut is definitely frustrating but what’s most important is to find that sweet something to motivate or re-generate yourself. If it doesn’t instantly boost your mood, keep your head up – keep trying.