Stuck in a Rut? This Counter-intuitive Tip Gets You Moving Again

Stuck in a Rut

Don’t get stuck in a rut.

Are you stuck in a rut?

It’s a terribly frustrating feeling that can become nightmarish when a deadline looms.

You want to get moving.

The clock is ticking.

And you are still spinning your tires, stuck in a rut.

Being stuck in a rut is no fun…

Here in New Hampshire, wintertime snowbanks capture this experience nicely. The more you try to free yourself, the worse it gets.

And when you’re in a situation where you’ve got a deadline for a project and you’re stuck, panic often blossoms. And once that takes hold, your mind goes blank and ideas and inspiration just dry up.

Maybe you try brainstorming or mind mapping.  Maybe you stop and go outside for a walk to clear your head.  But back at your desk, nothing comes.

This One Tip Helps

Well, I have just one tip for you when you find yourself in a situation like this.  It has worked very well for me. And as an added bonus, it often yields creative ideas that help with other projects — not just the one that had me stymied.

It’s an entirely counter-intuitive tip, and that’s its beauty.

So, try this the next time you are stuck. Generate the absolute worst version of whatever you are working on that you can.  If it’s a sales page, or a blog post, or copy for a press release, approach it with the mindset that you are going to make this your worst ever.

Don’t think, just DO. And aim for a result that’s really BAD.

  • No corrections.
  • No refining or re-writing.
  • And no second-guessing yourself.

It Quiets Your Inner Critic

What this does, as you may have guessed, is remove your inner critic’s voice from this enterprise.  Or, actually, it turns the tables on this voice, making it a contributor to your project, rather than an undermining nay-sayer.  Indeed, if your inner critic thinks something is a really terrible idea, that’s exactly the one you want to use.

Go ahead, write it down, and go from there.

Before you know it, the ideas will be pouring out, because you’ve loosened the logjam created by self-criticism. No longer stuck in a rut, you’ll be surprised at the new inspirations that come about as a result of this counter-intuitive time management tip.

Give it a try … and I’d love to hear how it goes for you.

This helps, too…

We all have voices that chatter at us throughout the day. The Inner Critic is one of them. Learning to recognize (and counter) this destructive voice is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. You see, the Inner Critic is a negative, debilitating and constant presence in your life.  And it’s not just the words. It’s the judgmental tone, the rolling eyes, and the scolding wag of the index finger. Beyond sapping your energy and confidence, your Inner Critic robs you of time and profoundly distorts how you see others and how you feel about yourself.

So, what can you do?

Give yourself a big boost with my Exercise and Guide Book titled “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Save Your Sanity and Your Time! This book offers simple, practical exercises, checklists and tips for learning to recognize and counter the critical voices that disrupt and hurt you.

“This guidebook is by a secret genius as far as I’m concerned.
Her name is Paula Eder and she is absolutely brilliant
when it comes to how to be in relationship with self and
how to be in relationship with time.”
Heather Dominick

You hold the power to make conscious choices about the kinds of messages you give yourself. As you exercise this power, you’ll develop new clarity and confidence – and transform your time.

“These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” opens the door and gives you a roadmap, so don’t wait. Click this link to get started on your empowering journey today.

Let’s explore time together …

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