Getting Stuck

Yeah, it happens. It’s a part of life. The annoying thing about getting stuck is that it’s hard to un-stuck yourself. Sometimes it’s hard to see where exactly you’re going wrong to make whatever you’re doing work.

I can’t give a one-solution-fix-all answer, but usually being stuck boils down to procrastination, lack of inspiration or motivation, or just plain out not understanding what to do. The answer you’re looking for won’t be found directly in this post. Every person’s reason for getting stuck is different and has to be handled on a case by case basis. If you’re absolutely stuck, your best bet is to ask for help if the situation is one that allows you to.

I get stuck now and then when I’m working on a new post or some sort of project. Kind of like this one, it took me two days to write. When this happens, there are a few different things I try. Usually, I start by:

1. Trying to write a few words of something that comes to my head immediately which helps with getting my brain in the mood to work and get new ideas out. When I start writing even one word that just comes up in my head it usually leads to me deleting that word and starting to write for real. We all pretty much write from the top of our heads so refining that top by constantly pushing new ideas is your best bet at keeping a constant flow of ideas on you.

2. Thinking about how I’ll lay out what I want to write or do. Mind maps also help, especially quick and simple ones you don’t have to overthink. Just jotting down ideas will help you organize yourself better.

3. Looking at the end goal. When I feel stuck or in a loop, I remember my end goal. Why I started to write in or do what I need to do in the first place. I keep in my mind where I want to be in the next few years (traveling and doing what I want) and when I think of where I want to be I use that as motivation to keep on this slow and steady path.

4. Taking a break. When I feel lost, tired, or frustrated with what I’m doing, that’s the biggest signal for me to take some time off and do something else. There is no time limit as to how long I’ll take off other than the condition of me knowing that I will have to resume the task at hand once I feel better about it. I’m going at my own pace, a pace specifically designed by me for me. I know that when I get around to tackling the problem again, I’ll do it with a fresh mind. This takes a bit more discipline to make sure you get back to work if you take a break, but it really isn’t as hard as it seems. You must take control of yourself and understand that it is your life and you can manage it how you see fit. Put the reigns on yourself and steer in the direction you want to go.

If I had to give some advice on it from my own experience, un-sticking yourself comes down to some key points:

1. Realizing that you are indeed stuck. You’ve hit a roadblock in writing, a project or something else.

2. Understanding why you’re stuck. If you’re procrastinating, can’t think of any good ideas, you don’t understand what you’re supposed to do.

3. Forcing discipline on yourself. For most cases it’s a matter of discipline. If you can reign yourself into sitting down and get yourself in the mindset and mood to complete the task at hand, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll get done.

4. Ask for help. Said it before and I’ll say it again. If you can, do it.

Getting stuck isn’t something you should fear, and it’s not unexpected for any person who breathes on this earth. It’s a part of life. What separates success is the attitude you take when you’ve reached the eventual roadblock.

Keep up the pace or create one now. Work towards the solution little by little, and things will look up. Keep on keeping on.