Overcoming Slumps

Overcoming Slumps - Paper Swallow Events

This may seem like a funny post for the beginning of the year when we're all busy goal setting and getting energized for tackling all the wonderful, crazy, exciting things we have planned for this next year. I've been learning about myself, however, that it's a lot easier to stay motivated when I do two things:

One. I admit from early on that there will be times when I feel anything but motivated
and
Two. I plan ahead for how I intend to handle those times of decreased motivation.

We all suffer from slumps or low energy periods throughout our weeks, months, and years. Sometimes they're a reality we can coexist with and move forward despite, but sometimes the slump is more like a wall that we can't seem to push through. Those are the types of slumps I'm talking about today. These slumps will occasionally hit me out of the blue, taking away all of my motivation, and leaving me staring at my to do list feeling unable to actually do anything productive. 

When this happens I find that I spend more time spinning my wheels than getting anything done. Over time, I've realized that it would take me less time to do something soul-nurturing that would reignite my motivation than I spend staring at my to do list. I also recognized that the quality of work I produce during these lapses is much lower and takes longer than tasks completed when I have motivation (and therefore usually excitement) behind my actions. 

This year I really want to be more intentional with my time, but I know that alone won't prevent moments of "meh" from entering my life. To combat this, I came up with a short list of things that (almost) never fail to bring me out of the "meh" and rejuvenate me. My hope is that this list will serve as a reminder to do an activity that empowers me to reclaim my motivation and get back to investing my time where it's needed. (And to prevent me from wasting time determining what to do.) I really believe that this kind of list could be helpful for both individuals and couples.  (Especially couple's planning a wedding! Sit down together and create a list of things you enjoy doing together that will help you prevent wedding planning burnout/frustration.)

Here is my current list if you need some inspiration: (I have mine on the wall next to my normal work area.)

  • Take a shower or bath.
  • Read.
  • Play with Maximus.
  • Do something creative.
  • Go outside and soak up some sunshine.
  • Paint my nails.
  • Watch an episode of 'New Girl' (or another show that makes me laugh.)
  • Listen to my favorite motivational music.
Overcoming Slumps - Paper Swallow Events

In case any of you are interested in also hanging a visual reminder around the house, I made a free printable for all of you. I hope that you are able to use it to empower yourself to more quickly get past your slumps and back to living! 

You can download the free printable template here.

What are some things you would put on your list?

xoxo, Stacia