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20 Things to Do When You Find Yourself in a Rut

Monotony can be stifling. It can cause youto feel stuck, stagnant, and lack the ability to keep moving forward in life. I suffer from it, and recently did some minor tweaks to help shake things up a bit. Here are 20 things to consider doing when you find yourself in a rut.

  1. Change your workout routine
  2. Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in awhile
  3. Move around the furniture in a room at your place
  4. When you drive home after work, take a different route
  5. When you go grocery shopping, buy some different foods
  6. Change your shampoo
  7. Clean out your desk drawers
  8. Make a list of things you want to accomplish this week
  9. When you surf the internet, find some new websites to explore
  10. Wash your own car instead of taking it to the car wash
  11. Rearrange your work station
  12. Read a new book you wouldn’t even have consider picking up in the past
  13. Try a new restaurant
  14. Sleep on a different side of the bed
  15. Ask the grocery clerk how their day is going
  16. Try a new pattern for your bedspread
  17. Change your picture on your Facebook page
  18. Write yourself a letter about where you want to be in your life in 6 months
  19. Make yourself deadlines for things you want to accomplish
  20. And finally do at least one thing on this list today!

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20 Things to Do When You Find Yourself in a Rut

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough , Undressed, and I'm Not Playing.

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Loberg, E. (2015). 20 Things to Do When You Find Yourself in a Rut. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 9, 2020, from


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