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In a Rut? Reboot Your Motivation in 5 Easy Steps

You know how the saying goes: “don’t compare yourself to others, everyone’s journey is different.” That’s all nice and good, but let’s be realistic, that is easier said than done. These 5 tips will help you to reboot your motivation, and quell stress when you are just feeling down about your progress in any situation. This post may include affiliate links. for more on how these links work, please read our full disclosure. Here is how to reboot your motivation on days that you’re in a rut.


                                                      If you’re in a rut, slow down.

person stretching next to a plant - RUT 

The most effective way to handle stress and negative feelings is to get to the source. What is causing you this angst? Personally knowing what demotivates you will help to keep track of what can and cannot be handled. Knowing is power as well, because now that particular stressor can be pinpointed and eventually quarantined.


                                             Let go of control when you’re in a rut.

person relaxing on a dock near a lamp - RUT

Who doesn’t like to run everything? It’s nice, but also impossible to keep up. If you’re like me, then you want to be in control of just about every aspect of your life. No one is able to puppet master in this way  (if you know anyone, PLEASE introduce me!), and the stress will eventually manifest into demotivation, and cause a crash and burn. Just think: why am i obsessing over this matter? Will doing this make the matter any easier? If not, then why do I bother? It’s all about coming to terms with how you want to get through a situation, stressed and in control (and eventually demotivated), or with a clear head.

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                                                              Get Some Sleep.

cat sleeping on white sheets - RUT

This may sound like depression, but  resting up is actually good for a quick attitude adjustment! It temporarily puts you and all of your worries at ease while your body regenerates energy for the next day. Who doesn’t want to deal life a winning blow while being well rested? Life happens, you might as well be well rested.


                                                         Carve out some time.

sunset off of a dock - RUT 

There is nothing better than being able to block some time away for yourself. This can be doing anything that doesn’t make you feel “on” at all times. Some examples include:

 – Going to the gym (an affordable one of course!)

 – Watching a little television or youtube

 – Hanging out with a significant other and more!

                                                 Get creative to overcome the rut.

man holding a paintbrush with paint on his hands

Similar to tip four, this allows you to take time for things that only bring you bliss. For me, that consisted of buying a domain, and setting up my blog. This allows me to interact with all of you by sharing my ideas. It is also allowing me to improve in my interaction with other content creators. However there are many other avenues that you can take, such as:

 – Youtube video creation

 – Drawing or painting

 – Journaling, and much more!

Try to allow time for at least 1 hour to get creative. Not only does this hone in on your talents and boost your motivation in relation to these avenues, but it also gives you something to look forward to in your day.




Those are my 5 tricks to reboot your motivation, on those sad days when you feel a little inadequate. I hope these were of some use to you, and feel free to give me more ideas below! How do you get your motivation back after a rut? Do you use any of these tips? If you want to read more of my cornerstone content, please check out my other posts.

Thanks for reading!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Louise O'Boyle

    This is some brilliant advice. I usually find when I end up in a rut, I completely change direction and challenge myself with something new. It helps to take my mind off whatever is making me feel stagnant and crawl back to normalilty.

    1. bonitalynn

      This is a great take and I never even thought of that! Thank you for reading!

  2. Samantha

    Great advice! I need to remember to slow down sometimes. Thank you!

    1. bonitalynn

      Thanks for reading Samantha! We all could use a reminder sometimes. 🙂

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