If you follow me on instagam, last week I talked a bit about being in a rut both creatively and mentally. After about three solid weeks of slothing around I finally decided to implement some simple changes to help get me out of it and keep moving forward. I’m usually pretty good about staying positive over the long Michigan winter months but this January has been so busy and dreary that I fell prey to the slushy slump. Productivity lagging I made a few simple changes that so far has improved both my outlook as well as my progress each day.
1.) Get up earlier. I know, I know nobody likes the idea of this but honestly I have set my alarm clock to get up 20 minutes earlier than everyone else in my house and I use that time for devotions, alone time and investing in something i’m passionate about. This isn’t for IG scrolling or email answering it’s to wake up and get inspired for the day.
2.) Learn a new skill. I have been taking a food photography class this month on line. It’s something I’ve always wanted to be better at and i’ve set aside 30 minutes a day to complete a module until I complete the class. This way it’s not overwhelming or super time consuming and it’s something that helps me out in other areas of life and my job. Next up? I would love to take an intermediate class in recipe development. Anyone know of a good one?
3.) Organize something. I cleaned and organized my home office. I put things away, made donations and hung up wall art and it has been so helpful in my productivity when I’m working from home. It clears away distractions and it really has reduced some anxiety that I have. I’m clearly not a minimalist but I do find that by keeping things tidy really helps my mood.
4.) Exercuse. Yea I know. It’s not my favorite either but I committed to work out at least 3 times a week. I’m not doing anything crazy just strength training and a bit of cardio for 30 minutes three times a week. The gym is right across the street from otto’s daycare so it worked out perfect for me to end my day with a little bit of an endorphin rush.
5.) Change it up. Sometimes when I’ve been in the same place day after day doing the same type of work it can begin to feel a repetitive and for me repetitive means a rut. Try working from a new coffee shop or even getting a late lunch and working while the place is slower and quiet.
Seasonal depression is a real thing and can bring you down which affects both your mood, mental state, physical state and work. Rather than sitting back and waiting for the sun I’ve been trying to take control of it and get ahead. What are some tips and tricks you use to keep yourself creative and energized?