Culture The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut  

Elise Hennigan
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List Rules Applies to both personal and professional ruts

List of solutions to try if you are stuck in a rut, either personally or professionally. How to "get unstuck." If you are in a rut, odds are that you feel like you are in a situation where it is impossible to make progress, you feel depressed or otherwise "stuck." Professionally, this can happen if you lose momentum, stop generating new sales leads or make a series of mistakes. In your personal life, you could be in a marriage rut, no longer feel good about yourself or feel that your friends are drifting away from you or that you have lost track of what makes you happy.

It is quite normal for people to experience ups and downs in their life, but it is important to work towards getting yourself back up if you feel like things are not going your way. Ultimately the only person who can help you get out of your situation is yourself. You should be thinking "how can I motivate myself" rather than looking for someone else to do the work for you. 

The good news is that positive actions often lead to more positive actions. If you choose to work at getting out of a rut and prepare yourself for happiness, it is likely that you will be back on track in no time at all! Use this list of ways to get out of a rut to help you and add your own ideas so you can help others.
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Start Exercising Regularly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Start Exercising Regularly
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102 14
Plan Something in the Future Y... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Plan Something in the Future You Can Look Forward To
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100 15
Learn a New Skill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Learn a New Skill
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88 14
Resdiscover Old Passions is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Resdiscover Old Passions
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84 14
Change Up Your Daily Routine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Change Up Your Daily Routine
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81 17
Take a Mini Vacation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Take a Mini Vacation
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78 17
Tackle Small, Doable Projects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Tackle Small, Doable Projects
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80 25
Get More Sleep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Get More Sleep
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62 19
Replace Bad Habits With Health... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Replace Bad Habits With Healthy Ones
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65 25
Volunteer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Volunteer
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60 23
Help People Who Are Worse Off ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Help People Who Are Worse Off Than You
Show someone around town if they are new, focus on being there for friends in need, etc.
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59 23
Write Out Your Big Goals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Write Out Your Big Goals
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55 23
Meditate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Meditate
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53 26
Read a Fiction Book is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Read a Fiction Book
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48 25
Solidify the Vision You Are Wo... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Solidify the Vision You Are Working Toward
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55 32
Watch Less TV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Watch Less TV
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54 36
Reach Out to Old Friends is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Reach Out to Old Friends
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38 24
Write a Book or Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Mabie1 added Write a Book or Story
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45 34
Seek Professional Counseling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Seek Professional Counseling
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37 33
Practice Yoga is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Practice Yoga
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31 37
Read a Self-Help Book is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Read a Self-Help Book
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17 25
Play Videogames is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Mabie1 added Play Videogames
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25 47
Scream Audibly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Scream Audibly
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21 42
Find Someone to Compete With is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ways to Get Out of a Rut
Find Someone to Compete With