Pull Yourself Out Of A Rut By Doing Just One Small Thing

Falling into a rut or a deep funk is really easy. Dragging yourself out of it is another thing. Sometimes all you need to do to pick yourself up is deal with one small task you didn’t even know was weighing on you.

Photo by Dan Foy.

There are probably several things you’ve been meaning to but never got around to doing that, if you were to accomplish them, could dramatically lift your spirits or get you going again. Things like clearing off a messy desk or dealing with non-urgent paperwork that you’ve been shuffling around daily.

When you’re in a rut — just going through the motions — or, worse, at rock bottom and feel like you’re incapable of doing anything, try doing just one small thing that has plagued you forever. Because it’s bothered you for so long, the sense of accomplishment may be greater.

Fix a wobbly doorknob that’s been bugging you, cancel that Netflix subscription already, make that doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off.

Taking action, however small, is the cure for inaction. Take it from someone who’s been there and finally cleared off her desk and raised her monitors to proper ergonomic height after a desk chair swap experiment. No matter how bad it gets, try one small thing.

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