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10 Reasons Why Going Out Helps You Get Out From A Rut

10 Reasons Why Going Out Helps You Get Out From A Rut

Life can be a hassle sometimes. The constant stress and the everyday grind creates a rut that is almost impossible for some people to escape.

Getting away from the daily routine isn’t enough to get rid of the stress that’s always waiting to pounce on the unwary. Escaping from the daily routine is what needed; Putting significant geographical distance between your home and yourself is what’s really needed.

By leaving your normal, mundane life behind for just a while you can experience the world around you instead of just watching from showbox on your android screens or televisions. Here are ten reasons why you should get away and experience life.

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1) You get to leave the stress of your everyday life behind for awhile

Let’s face facts, most people experience at least some stress in their lives, and after a while. we’re all ready to get away for a while. I find that a nice walk on the beach can take away the stress of my everyday life from the first step to the last.

2) You can see new, exciting locations

Even if you don’t leave your country there are new sights to see and new experiences to enjoy. I’ve been from one side of USA to the next and despite the similarities between different locations, each place has its own unique feel. New locations can broaden your horizon and remind you that there is an entire world outside of what you know.

3) Relaxation is the key to enjoying your vacation

No matter how you relax, a vacation is your time to do what you want. The pace you set is your own and there is no pressure to do anything you don’t want to do. My own experience in vacationing involves everything from kicking back with a frosty drink to engaging in whatever high impact activity that is available.

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4) Vacations can kindle or rekindle a relationship

The rut you find yourself in can and usually, does extend to the relationship with your significant other. Taking a nice vacation with each other can reignite that spark in your relationship that will keep you young and remind you why you got together in the first place. If you don’t have special someone, this might be a great chance for you to meet somebody and flirt with a guy. Who knows this might lead you to the person you are destined to be with!

5) Alarm clocks are a nuisance, not a necessity

I did say that vacations are on your time, didn’t I? Leave the clocks at home and sleep in. Getting out of your rut means you stop living by the clock, if only for a little while. Personally, I’m an early riser due to long years of rising early for work, but on vacation. it’s easy to just lay back and remember that my day isn’t dictated by how fast or slow I go.

6) Traveling to different countries offers a new perspective on how other people live

Experiencing new cultures and witnessing how other societies live is enlightening. Such an experience can remind you that your own existence is just one among many representations of humanity. For instance, my first trip to London left me absolutely speechless. The knowledge of other cultures gained from a vacation is an invaluable experience.

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7) There are many different ways to see new places at a reduced cost

It’s true that going anywhere costs money. Sometimes the cost of a trip can be more of an aggravation than the rut you’re trying to get away from. Nowadays, there are a vast number of promotions that are designed to give people better deals. Remember, many locations depend heavily on tourism, so they will make the effort to get you there. You just need to look. I’m always looking at hotel rates, deals on airfare, and any other deal that can get my family away from home for a little while.

8) The cuisine from different parts of the world is always interesting

Your regular eating habits can be a part of your continual rut too. When you’re on vacation you don’t want the same old things you eat at home. On vacation, the best attitude to adopt is “when in Rome“. It doesn’t matter if you try a little or a lot, your taste buds will thank you for the change of pace. My experience in The Tower near Edinburgh castle in Scotland was a culinary delight I won’t soon forget.

9) All work and no play makes for a long and miserable day

Some of us like our jobs and some don’t. But regardless of this, it’s always necessary to unplug and unwind. If all you do is work then you’re allowing one of the life’s absolute necessities to pass you by. At some point in life, everyone needs to get away from their life and experience the world. I know for certain that after each assignment I need at least a short vacation away from the constant grind.

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10) You deserve a vacation

You read that right. Anyone who works the long, hard hours trying to support themselves or others is constantly racking up personal vacation time that eventually needs to be taken. You work hard for your money, busting your back for others, making sure they’re taken care of, and it’s time to cash in on that fact. I like to treat myself to a short one or two-day vacation every so often just because I feel it’s necessary.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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