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Un-Stucking Thyself

 

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It’s like day 25 of the streak. Once again the alarm goes off, the snooze button is hit like three times and roll back over. So over this crap…

Hated It! 

If it’s one thing I despise is waste.

Like when people waste food. Or throwing away leftovers and piling on food at the buffet and not eating all of it…way up there on the list.

But top of the list–people wasting time.  Mine and yours.

Actually, I’m kinda hating myself right now because for the last two months, I have been wasting my own time.

Now, at work I put in the full time and then some, so I don’t want my employers coming after me.  I’m talking about after that.

I just go home and watch TV–all day.  I haven’t really even been to the gym in almost a month–yes after my little Coach Carter “come to Jesus” moment in one of my last posts.  Yup, Ms. Fitness and Motivation has just been eating junk and watching TV.

Actually, as I am typing this post I am eating a ‘gotta have it’ size, Founders Favorite (swapped out the sweet cream for the cake batter ice cream and add a snicker bar) from Coldstones with the waffle bowl. Had it for dinner. Serious issues.

So it’s time to get un-stuck…again!

 

Are You with Me?

The winter adds its own set of issues that sometimes can present itself as the winter blues or seasonal affective disorder.  It really takes a toll on your psyche and just drains productivity.  It usually appears in the form of appearing lazy, blah or apathetic. You just want to sit around and do nothing.

Most of us don’t know we have it or admit to it. I get this every year and try to come up with strategies to beat it.  This has been one of my better winters, but the blues still got me nonetheless.  Especially with my personal drama still dragging on…Sigh.

At some point, I became so disgusted with myself something had to change.

 

Yesterday, I dared to struggle.  Today I dare to win.  -Bernadette Devlin

 

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Winter is almost done , but it’s never too late to get a great start to spring!

These things worked for me last week and maybe they will help you:

  • Get off the phone and TV during the week. DVR your favorite shows and watch them over the weekend.  If you must communicate via phone or text, keep the calls really short (and of course in some cases don’t even answer). Let folks know that you are trying to get your life together and will catch them next week. I can’t tell you how much I got done by doing this.
  • Find a quiet spot (OUTSIDE of your house) to work on projects. When I was in college I had my own room, but I went to the library to study.  The room just had too many distractions. The same is true with your home-even if you live by yourself. Find a local library, or now that spring is coming a nice cozy spot outside in a park. Turn on your playlist and get to work.
  • De-Clutter! Clean up a room you’ve been avoiding, throw some stuff away, and organize your paperwork. When you clear up your space you clear up your mind, and actually it will help you sleep better.  Check out Janet M. Taylor for some awesome organizing tips.
  • Exercise when you can. Slowly begin to integrate your workout schedule if you have a lot of things you need to get out of the way. If the only thing you can do is take a walk, then do that. I got in one day last week (I typically do 3-5 days), and since I’ve haven’t been in the last 25 days, I’ll celebrate that.
  • Make a checklist but split it up. We all have that exhaustively long checklist. Instead of looking at it and stressing about how to get it all done, just designate 2-3 small things a day to accomplish. Celebrate that.
  • Post your goals whether it be work, personal or outside business. Usually, we write our goals down on a list or type them in our phone.  This year I bought a pack of Post It’s Big Pad.  They are about 22′ x 22′ and stick right on the wall. I transferred each section of the notes on individual pads.  Sometimes, you need these things right in your face.  And Mary Jane Paul thought she had her post its. Ha!
  • Do some research. Try some new books on your target area.  Go online and begin bookmarking or subscribing to sites that you don’t have time to read right now. I took some time and started researching other bloggers and motivational speakers in my areas of interest and found some really awesome resources. It gave me some ideas of changing my layout, things to add to my blog and how to narrow my niche area.
  • Connect or re-Connect with people with solutions to your problems.  Identify those individuals that can assist you on the path. What helped me was to call those individuals and begin setting appointments to meet with them.  A few of the meetings won’t occur until May, but they are already on the books.
  • Surround yourself with people who will keep you motivated. Over the last few weeks, a few of my friends have started websites and blogs. I’ll be honest, I took it as friendly competition and stepped up my game. Those of you that frequent my blog may notice some of the changes that have occurred over the last two weeks. Shout out to new bloggers Dori Ray, Stephanie Felder, and Karen Nichols.  You know I can’t let y’all show me up. Iron sharpens iron!

It doesn’t have to be anything deep and involved. You may only have time to focus on one of those categories. Just do what you can and take whatever size steps you need to get moving.

In my case, this process entailed doing a bunch of little things that only took a few minutes each to do…they’ve just been undone for a long time. By these little things being undone, it was slowing down my productivity in big things I have coming down the pike. The biggest thing for me was turning of that TV. Between Sunday morning and Friday afternoon, I only watched one hour of TV ( and no it wasn’t Scandal) and didn’t die. Who knew?

 

 

 When God created time he made plenty of it.” -Celtic saying

 

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If you’re really serious about managing your time and blocking out distractions, check out these posts:

Don’t beat yourself up, just get over yourself and get your ish together. Don’t let guilt or the shoulda, coulda wouda’s get in your way.

There are too many important people, projects and destinations waiting on you to share your magnificence with them. You got this.

See you at the top!

 

A special shout out to Donna and Sharon for helping move me to action!

 

What helps you get out of your ruts? Your words of wisdom and life experiences are welcomed.  Leave a comment below! 

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  1. Donna Gibson

    Nichole, how sweet to know God used me as a tool to motivate you. I truly give ALL the glory to Him. I REALLY enjoyed reading your blog and hope you have much success in ALL of your future endeavors. I know I will see you on TV, you’re taking the appropriate steps into your Destiny! You go girl! You inspire me to continue to be better, thank you sooooo much.

    Yours in Christ, Donna

    1. Nichole Renee

      Hi Donna! I really appreciate you reading the post AND commenting. Like I told you earlier today, that talk we had after church last week really put me in “grind” mode. How could I not move with your “coach” approach? Your energy, zeal and enthusiasm will make room for you. I know your new endeavor will be FANTASTIC and I can’t wait to hear the praise report!

  2. Dori Ray

    Hey Nichole Renee! (Love the new name!) That was a great post! So many people need to read that. Thanks for the shout out!

    Dori
    BrandNewEveryMorning

    PS Let’s catch up this weekend if you are free.

  3. TeamFitMommy

    Great Post! I have lived this and I can totally relate to sitting on the couch doing nothing! Great advice for getting “un-stuck”! I will definitely keep this in mind in the future… although I hope to not get stuck too often!

    1. Nichole Renee

      Thanks Stephanie! I’m STILL trying to get unstuck some more…but I’m doing much better than I was two weeks ago. A little bit, one day at at time!

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