Tips for Getting Back to the Grind

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The past week or so you might’ve noticed I’ve been missing in action from Sunday Chapter & social media, considering a few months back I used to post 5-6 times a week, and I wanted to apologize. I’ve just needed some time away and space to refresh and see things with a new perspective.

I’ve felt a little uninspired, unmotivated if you will, to constantly put out content up to my standards. I have missed writing on here SO much but I will always choose quality over quantity when it comes down to it. I can’t tell you how much better I feel after taking a little break. Sometimes it’s all you need to get back to the grind. Do you ever feel that? I always feel guilty when I take breaks even though I come back more productive than ever. I have to keep reminding myself that the trick to working online and keeping my sanity is balance and regular breaks.

But I’m so happy to be back and I’ve got lots of exciting things coming up (cough, YOUTUBE). If you’re feeling somewhat stuck, uninspired or need some help getting back into the swing of things, here’s a few tips that might help.

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Get organized

I’m constantly on edge worrying about what I need to do next, so naturally my first order of business is to make a list of everything I need to get done. I then re-write it a second time in chronological order, ticking off the most important things at the start of the day.

I use Google calendar to schedule out every hour of my day to be as efficient as possible. I seriously don’t know where I’d be without Google calendar. More recently I’ve been into time blocking. It is seriously the best scheduling hack and helps a lot if you struggle with keeping your focus. I’m someone who gets distracted very easily (half the time I don’t even know it’s happening) so time blocking has worked wonders for me.

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Refresh your workspace

I always find this helps me a lot since I get tired of looking at the same thing everyday. I like things to be white, clean and spacious when it comes to my work area since that seems to fuel my productivity, but find what gets YOU motivated. Possibly some pretty art prints, new stationary or fresh flowers. Make it personal and comfortable. If you’ve been stuck in a rut for a few months, maybe it’s time for a total refresh – paint the walls, your desk, and go all out. It’s important to be inspired by your workspace especially if your job requires some form of creativity.

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Choose healthy options

Food has such a big impact on your work efforts and overall health, and I didn’t realise how much up until recently. Fueling your body with healthy, fresh food helps with your energy levels, mood, and productivity. I know when I slack off and over-indulge, my motivation completely diminishes and I just end up stressing myself out. Not only that, but it messes with your sleep schedule. The more unhealthy, processed and sugary foods you consume, the more it keeps you awake and restless. It’s also important to keep up your water intake throughout the day. If you feel a sudden hit of tiredness in the afternoon, it could just be a lack of H20.

And of course, choosing to be healthy also means keeping active. It’s all about balance.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

Set new goals

If there are any projects that you’ve thought about getting involved in in the past, or something that you want to be doing more of, now is the time to get started! Achieving goals, big or small, will always help to motivate yourself and build confidence. What do you want to achieve this week? this month? this year? Start small and chip away! I love this guide for setting effective goals.

“The practice of goal-setting is not just helpful; it is a prerequisite for happiness.”

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Do you have any tips for getting back into the swing of things? I’d love to hear your thoughts! You guys always have the best advice.

  • Taking some time out always helps! I’d love to see a post on how you refresh your workspace (if you haven’t done one already – sorry I’ve not been following for long). My tip would probably be trying to let go of perfection – I know I can get super stressed out because I think the work I’ve done isn’t good enough and then I just go round and around in circles trying to start. For me I try to do this through meditation/yoga/affirmations.
    Hope you’re having a great bank holiday weekend!

    Nicky xx | http://www.curious-journeying.com

  • I was thinking of taking some time off to! Sometimes you just need a break to figure everything out. I am currently moving to a new apartment which is taking up a lot of my time but hopefully a fresh space will inspire me! Thanks for your tips <3
    The Fernweh Wolf / Travel & Lifestyle Blog
    xx

  • This is great advice that I definitely needed today! Thank you for sharing :)

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • leah rachel

    There is nothing wrong with a short break :) Getting back to blogging is always so much better after a little break i think xx

    http://leahrachelgoth.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Such good advice! Sometimes I get into a rut & little refreshers like setting new goals really help.

  • Diana Maria

    Yes, I needed to read this so badly! I’ve been so busy and overwhelmed ever since moving that I forgot what it was like to be back on the grind. I agree with all of these, short breaks can really do wonders!

    My Lovelier Days

  • Amazing advice! And I totally get what you mean about feeling uininspired sometimes- so welcome back!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

  • Great post and I love the Google Calendar suggestion, I’m going to check it out.