Stuck in a Rut? Time to Shake Things Up and Start Living Life!
Life...it’s a series of responsibilities, tasks, and routines that leave you feeling like you’re caught on a hamster wheel and can’t get off.
Every day is the same thing - get up, rush around to get ready for the day, race to work, work, race home (while perhaps picking up the kids, grabbing groceries, etc.), make dinner, clean up the house/put the kids to bed/etc., and finally falling into bed exhausted. The next day, you guessed it...the same damn thing!
What happened to the woman that you used to be? Who had it all figured out, who didn’t succumb to a boring routine because she just did what she wanted to do?
What happened to her???
She grew up and became an adult...
For many women, when they hit their 30s and 40s, they’ve settled into a routine. For some, routine and doing the exact same thing every single day makes them happy. But, for most, getting stuck in the same routine every single day lands you smack in the middle of a rut you can’t climb out of you.
I get it! I’ve been on that hamster wheel a time or two myself. When you’re caught on the merry-go-round of life and can’t hop off, it can make you feel trapped. It’s suffocating to feel like you have no control to change things up.
You remember being younger and having more freedom in your life and you crave that sense of independence. But, responsibilities keep you tied to your schedule.
Here’s the thing...for many women, at this stage in life, they’re starting to feel stuck. They want more from life and they don’t know how to find it.
Want to know what one of the biggest obstacles to stepping off that hamster wheel is? The routines and schedules you’ve handcuffed yourself to.
Look, I don’t want to give routines a bad name. Routines aren’t actually bad, but they can derail you from living a more meaningful life. So, today, I want to help you start shaking things up so you can upgrade your life!
THE MANY FACES OF ROUTINES
Let’s face - ‘routines’ don’t exactly sound sexy, but they have their place in life. Routines provide structure. It gives you a framework for order. Without some routines, your life would be chaos!
Some routine is needed and beneficial to your life.
Where routines run amok is when you fall into the wrong routines. Wrong routines are those that don’t align with who you are or what’s important to you. Sometimes these are due to bad habits or by taking shortcuts.
Wrong routines drain your energy and leave you feeling frustrated. Good routines, while providing needed structure, can turn into wrong routines if you get lazy with them.
If you are feeling stuck in a rut, it may be on small scale - you’re bored with your daily routine - or on a much larger scale - you feel stuck in your job, relationship, or life in general. Both need to be addressed, but since the larger scale ruts take more attention and work, it can sometimes help to start with the smaller, daily routines that keep you on auto-pilot.
If you’re experiencing a bigger sense “stuckness” in your life - the job, relationship, etc., it may seem crazy to start with shaking things up on a smaller scale.
"How is changing what I eat for breakfast or driving a different way to work going to help me get out of my soul-sucking job?"
Yep, I hear that little voice in your head! But, here’s the thing about routine - if you’re feeling stuck in your life, I’m betting you are also bored in the day-to-day operation of your life. If you start by shaking up your daily routines, it will push you into seeing life from a new perspective which may very well start to highlight opportunities to bust out of your larger life rut.
To help you get started, I’ve done some of the heavy-lifting for you!
I’ve created a list of 50 ideas to help you get out of your daily routine. I call them Rut Busters...
Rut busters are what I call anything that helps you get out of the same-old-same-old. As creatures of habit, it’s very easy to slip into a routine and switch to auto-pilot. When this happens, you settle, stop growing, and make your life smaller.
To make the most of these, be willing to try the unexpected. The goal is to try new things or variations on your “usual” to mix it up.
As I brainstormed these Rut Busters, I wanted to give a variety of ideas that target ruts in your work life, home life, and personal life. I also wanted to address areas that challenge you mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Some of these will appeal to you, while others will not be activities you want to do. That’s okay! This is just to get your mind working and to pick a few to break out of your self-imposed mold.
I strongly encourage you to come up with your own so they are custom fit for you and your life. But, sometimes we need to work from the suggestions of others to get started.
So, what are you waiting for?
Grab your Rut Busters and bust out of your daily routine and the monotony of life!