How often do you find yourself feeling anxious, restless, worried or bored? How do you know what to do, when you don’t know what to do, but know there’s a ton to do?
I often find myself in this cyclical predicament, and have refined a workable solution to get me through these times. Below are nine steps you can follow, to get through periods of not knowing what to do next:
- Put away your phone/computer/tablet during idle times. Use these items as tools, not boredom feeders and time passers.
- Refer to your existing lists of projects, to-do lists, goals and dreams. What can you take action on right now, in the moment to move towards completion and success of those?
- Look around you, when you are feeling these feelings. Can it be a simple action of tidying or cleaning up your space? If you feel anxious, uninspired and unproductive in your workspace, can you spend a few minutes organizing it, tossing trash away and cleaning the surface to give you a fresh perspective?
- Choose to choose. Inaction is a choice. Action is a choice. Which are you choosing to do for yourself and your future self? Is your goal to workout daily, but you’ve not yet started, even after holding this goal for 4 years? You can choose to begin right now, by doing planks, jumping jacks, push-ups or walking around your neighborhood. Isn’t this easy?
- Decide to decide. Similar to the above, deciding to make a decision is vital to your progression towards success and completion of a task, or bringing a dream into reality. Indecision is also a decision.
- Declutter a space: your mind via journaling, your closet by purging old, unworn and ill-fitting clothing and shoes, your desk by recycling unnecessary papers, your car by tossing all those cups in the trash and vacuuming the surfaces and crevices. Maintaining a clear, clean and organized space helps your mind be clear for thinking and ideation.
- Start. Simply take a first step towards a goal will give you a sense of accomplishment. Is your goal to buy a house? Start by using an online mortgage calculator to get a sense of your price range. Next, assess your financial accounts including bank accounts, credit card balances, car loans, income and monthly budgets.
- Write it down. If taking action doesn’t seem like the right start of the path forward towards your goals, simply get a pen and paper, and write down what you want to do and accomplish in a specified timeframe. Or, write out your feelings. Do a brain dump via morning pages, or with the Bullet Journaling method.
- Talk to someone about it that is a reliable listening ear, a mentor or coach for you.
If any of these steps above sound helpful, please do utilize any of the above steps in your daily life or a combination of any of these practices into your routine to success, regardless of what your goals and dreams are, you’ll be a few steps closer to bringing those into your reality.
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”
Photo: Kevin Noble Unsplash
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