Inertia. I can’t get myself moving. All of a sudden, it feels like I have no energy around my goals and projects. Nothing to get excited about today.
Many conversations have included this sort of topic recently. Spring fever? Sure; it’s a transition. The energy in the air is different, with lots changing around us here in the Northeast. Particularly if you find you’re sensitive to your environment or the energy around you, this move into a new season carries more than just a visual difference.
When you’re just not feeling it
Without knowing more about what makes you tick, I can only give you a list of options, so from here on in, it’s up to you.
Take a look and choose one you could experiment with today. And when you try one of these, keep track of what works.
- Take a break. A day off. Breath. Air out your brain. Can’t take the day today or tomorrow? Then take an extra long lunch and schedule your next day or 1/2 day off. It’ll help to have it to look forward to.
- Work for yourself? Get out of the home office and work somewhere different for a day or two.
- Commuter? Choose a different route to commute for a day or two. Get a coffee or breakfast on the way.
- Take a mental health day but call it a sick day. Why do we wait?
- Create your plan for the day. And just for today, work first on something you feel like working on. Even if you really “should” work on another task.
- Splintered time? Spend your whole morning on one project.
- Tie up loose ends. Finish something. Sometimes, we have too many things going. Figure out one you could call finished it “for now.”
- Get rid of the dead wood on your task list or goals list. If there is any goal you look at which makes you think “I don’t know why I’m doing this,” consider dropping it. Or delegate pieces so it feels new to you.
- On your plan, add the “why” of your main projects or tasks for today. Reminders of your purpose will engage your mind.
- Get active. Take an extra walk today. Try a different route. Walk while you talk on the phone.
- Meditate to start your day. Or a few times during the day, close your eyes and just sit there, pushing thoughts away. Focus on sitting still. Listen to your breathing. Play quiet music. Breathe. Deeply. Reconnect with yourself.
- Do you need a new “thing” in your life? New brings new energy. What could you add? A new friend. A new reconnection. A new project or goal.
- Do something for you that you’ve been putting off.
- Do something nice for someone else. Get out of your own head/heart.
- Do a project for your home, but during your workday.
- Play hookey. Where have you wanted to go? What gives you life ? And will you go alone or invite a friend?
- Celebrate longer on that big goal you just achieved. Rest in it before you move onto the next.
- Use your accountability partner to pull you back into some energy around your work. Or call your friend to work with you on your home project instead of tackling it alone.
- Crank up the music. Choose a different type.
- Plan your next vacation. Even if it’s not for awhile, get going on the research. Open up your mind. Start dreaming.
And for next time
Keep track of what works for you. This won’t be the last time this will happen to you, so what are your own best practices to move through this?
Keep a strategies list handy somewhere. Or print this list for yourself and keep adding to it.
- if being alone or with someone else worked better.
- if movement or a change in scenery worked best.
- if you did something right away or planned for it and how that felt.
- your mind, body, spirit: connected? out of sorts? Feeling afterwards?
- self or other-centered solution?
If this article was helpful
You might enjoy a newsletter two cycles back, an article with more about goals and strategies, being flexible with your to do lists and more strategies.
If it’s been a consistent issue for you, let me know. Some short term coaching may be useful. [email protected] or 603.554.1948 to contact me.