Last Updated on July 19, 2020 by Ash
Are you feeling stuck, anxious or unproductive? Maybe you’re wondering how to get unstuck, or if it’s even possible. It absolutely is. You can become more productive, creative and happy—and get your life back on track. You just need a plan.
You’ve heard the quote – “there’s no time like the present,” right?
Now is the time to learn how to get unstuck in life.
I’ve compiled the best ways to get your life on track with some easy, step-by-step measures for getting unstuck and acting on your goals—or finding them. Whether you already know what you want or not, there’s a right way to refocus for everybody.
Table of Contents
- How to Get Unstuck in 7 Steps
- 1. Declutter Your Space
- 2. Organize Your Thoughts
- Your Extraordinary Life Plan
- 3. Clear Your Mind
- 4. Get Inspired
- 5. Take Care of Your Body
- 6. Create
- 7. Build Habits and Systems
- Ready to Get Back on Track?
How to Get Unstuck in 7 Steps
- Declutter your space.
- Organize your thoughts.
- Clear your mind.
- Get inspired.
- Take care of your body.
- Build habits and systems.
1. Declutter Your Space
An efficient way to begin your life transformation and get unstuck is to clean up your personal space. Whether this means a house, your bedroom or even your desk is up to you, but make sure you declutter the place where you do most of your work.
How can decluttering help you get unstuck?
Everything around you can either help or hinder you when you’re trying to get your life together. When you surround yourself with things you don’t need, it invites stress, negativity and distraction into your life – the exact kind of things that get you feeling stuck in the first place.
You don’t need to do a Marie Kondo-style redesign of your entire house if you don’t want to. However, you do need to create space for work and inspiration. When everything is organized, you won’t be wasting time or energy on the things that don’t move you forward.
2. Organize Your Thoughts
After organizing your surroundings, it’s time to organize what’s within.
In the words of Tony Robbins – “energy flows where attention goes.” What are you focusing your attention and thoughts on?
How to go about organizing your thoughts depends on whether you already know what you want to do with your life or not. Grab a pen and a notebook and start planning.
If You’re Not Sure What You Want to Do
Sometimes, you just feel uninspired and stuck in rut. You don’t really know where you went wrong in your life, but you know something needs to change. Here’s a plan you can follow to reorganize your mind.
- Write down everything you’re good at. Do people always tell you how great you are at something? Is it normal for them to come to you for advice on a specific issue?
- Think about what you love doing. Have you always wanted to start a blog or a podcast? Do you enjoy expressing yourself through dance, or are you passionate about creating vegan recipes?
- Identify what you desperately want to correct. Have you been trying to lead a healthier lifestyle for a while? Is your economic situation troubling you? Maybe you just want to be more driven and find your life’s purpose.
- Compare your lists. Look at the list of things you love and are good at. Then compare those things to what you need to correct in your life. Take note of everything that overlaps between your lists.
- Pick your goals. Turn your lists into goals. In an ideal situation, your lists overlap, and you’ll notice that doing what you love could also help you solve some of your problems. If that’s not the case, prioritize what’s most important to you and think about which of these you can focus on alongside each other. You can work toward a new career and become healthier at the same time.
- Remember that everything has a solution. Learning how to get your act together takes time. Remember that you can work through anything and become the successful and happy person you always wanted to be.
When you already know what you want to do with your life, move on to the steps below.
If You Already Know What You Want
So, you know what you want, but not sure how to get unstuck and get things moving?
The good news is, you’re already halfway there. Now you need to give your dreams a timeline and turn them into goals.
- Write down your dreams. Don’t be afraid to dream big, but make it specific. “I want to start a business” is not the same as “I want to start selling customized programs to teach kids how to play the piano online.”
- Put them in order of importance. You can also group them by top, medium and low priority or make a 5-year plan with a different top priority every year.
- Divide them into milestones and give them a deadline. Goals always need a plan, and you make a plan out of actionable steps, milestones and a timeline.
- Think about specific skills and resources. Whether it’s financial resources or certain capabilities, these are the things you need to build for each step. Turn these into mini-milestones and locate them in your plan at the correct time.
- Divide the milestones into daily actions. Schedule time for these actions and write it on your calendar, so you have no way to forget about them.
- Plan periodic revisions. Mark a monthly or yearly review of your goals and how you’ve accomplished them. If you’ve had setbacks, don’t worry. Just rearrange the rest of your plan and keep progressing towards your goals.
Your Extraordinary Life Plan
If you’d like a roadmap to follow that will teach you exactly how to reach your goals, then I recommend Your Extraordinary Life Plan.
Your Extraordinary Life Plan is a six-week program, that walks you through the following:
- Creating your crystal clear vision of what you want your life to look like
- Identifying your goals, including your “breakthrough goal” that will launch you towards your vision
- Reaching your goals by developing a weekly roadmap so you know exactly what you need to do each day
- Anticipating obstacles in your path so you know how to deal with them before the even occur
- Developing powerful mindset techniques to keep you motivated and inspired
- Measuring progress and adapting your plan to align with your reality
3. Clear Your Mind
Learning how to clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts helps you focus on all the goals and challenges ahead. It might not be easy at first, but you’ll soon learn how to do it. Here are some ways you can help the process.
Meditation helps you focus, relax and reduce stress. It’s also thought to have important benefits for your physical health, from decreased headaches and sleep problems to chronic pain reduction.
Many people are reluctant to try meditation because they’ve heard an abundance of myths and misconceptions about meditation, like “meditation is boring” or “it’s uncomfortable sitting in one position” for so long. Spoiler alert – there are special meditation pillows that will provide proper support so you’re not uncomfortable, and you can meditate for as little as 5-minutes and reap the benefits.
The important thing is to focus on your breathing technique and experience your body through all your senses. You can try visualizing an image or repeating a word to get in the right mood, but the most important thing is to let all other thoughts go.
You can also try guided meditation like the one below, take an in-person class or learn all about meditation with a $1 14-day trial of the Limitless Life Program.
Journaling is a fantastic way of freeing yourself from unproductive thoughts and finding creative ideas. It helps you get in touch with your feelings, focus on what’s really important to you and set priorities.
It’s also a great way to get rid of negativity in your life. If something bothers you, simply write it down. Allow this thought to impact your life only for the time it takes to get it out of your system and on paper. Then, consider it done and don’t return to it.
A daily journaling practice is excellent for your self-awareness. If you’re unable to do this every day, set aside time for journaling at the end of each week. You’ll notice how fast you’ll improve your ability to focus on what makes you happy.
My favorite journal/planner is the Panda Planner, which has space for journaling, weekly and monthly goals and reflections, scheduling and more.
Have you ever heard of the law of attraction? It explains why the positive people you see around you always seem to be successful in whatever they do.
The law of attraction refers to the way the energy we radiate into the universe comes back to us. Happiness attracts happiness, and you can build the reality you want to see when you focus on positive thinking.
If you struggle with it at first, try affirmations or practice law of attraction scripting to learn how to focus on your goals and remain positive. Sooner or later, this way of thinking ends up shaping your worldview. It propels you toward the life you’ve always wanted.
4. Get Inspired
Highly successful people often surround themselves with other like-minded people to learn how they got to where they are. If you don’t have any role models in your daily life, look for leaders in the areas that interest you.
Today, there’s an incredible variety of ways to learn about the people you look up to, and many of them are free. From books to podcasts or Youtube videos, you can find material on just about any topic. You can learn about maintaining good mental health, setting up a business, learning to play an instrument or staying productive.
Make it a daily habit to listen to or read about some of these high performers. You can follow them on social media or subscribe to their newsletters to get a daily dose of motivation delivered straight to you.
You’ll notice that surrounding yourself with this kind of energy will gradually change the way you think about success. It’s nothing magical, just being pragmatic and taking small steps toward your goals.
5. Take Care of Your Body
Healthy eating, exercise and a good night’s sleep are the foundation of good mental health and the key to getting unstuck and permanently putting your life together.
Exercise reduces depression and anxiety and improves self-esteem, plus it’s also necessary for your overall physical wellbeing. A balanced diet helps you maintain a healthy body weight and gives you energy. Quality sleep is key to accomplishing any other goals you have in life.
Also, take care of anything else that’s been bothering you and keeping you unfocused. Do you need to get a wisdom tooth pulled? Have you been putting off your yearly medical checkup for the past decade?
These things may seem small and insignificant, but they’re not. When you have something that’s not right, or that’s worrying you in your body, you’ll end up constantly thinking about it. This way, you’ll be inviting negativity into your life and impeding the flow of positive thoughts you need to build the life you want.
Even if you don’t think you’re an artist, self-expression is necessary for everyone. It relaxes you and helps you work through your emotions. Creating something that’s not related to your everyday work can also help you find creative solutions to other problems.
Dance, play the guitar, sing in the shower or paint. It doesn’t matter which art form you choose. What’s important is that you let go of your daily worries for a while, get in a flow and allow yourself to let creative forces run through you.
7. Build Habits and Systems
Another great way get unstuck and maintain focus in the long term is to automate everything you can. It’s about building habits and systems that make you infallible.
The purpose of this automation is to make everything a part of a schedule you follow without hesitation. This way, you guarantee you get everything that’s crucial to achieving your goals done. You also don’t waste time applying effort to the things that don’t bring you joy.
Start your day off on the right foot by establishing a mindful morning routine.
Establish a day each month to take care of your finances, and automate as many bills as possible by setting up a direct deposit. This saves you time and takes a weight off your shoulders. Consider also automating a deposit from your paycheck to your savings account.
Other things you can turn into automated habits are cooking and exercise. If you have little time and struggle with healthy eating, this can change your life and save you money. Schedule a time each week in your calendar for meal prepping and store the food in the freezer or fridge.
Plan exercise in your calendar at least three times a week. Start with what you like, whether it’s dancing, running or even a brisk walk outside. Set a goal and stick to it. Pick your clothing the day before, so you don’t have an excuse to back out of it. Find an accountability buddy you can workout with.
Ready to Get Back on Track?
Are you inspired by these techniques on how to get unstuck in life? Now it’s time to do your part and start acting on all the ideas and goals you have. Break them into daily actions and plan them to fit your schedule.
If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, it’s normal. Just take a deep breath and take one small step at a time. Keep your mind positive, and you’ll soon notice the ball starts rolling on its own.
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