Getting Back on Track When You’ve Gotten Distracted
Once you fall out of your cycle of productivity, it’s very easy to stay there. You’d think the routines you’ve committed to would be hard to break, but all it takes is one missed workout, one unwritten blog post, one extra nap to turn into another, then another if you let it. This week has been dead for me. Dead in terms of habits. Dead in terms of productivity.
To be quite honest, all I want to do is nap. Naps don’t manifest dreams though. And therein lies the issue. The clock don’t stop for no one and while it’s important to take time to relax to avoid burnout, the lines can get blurred very easily. Just like we need processes and systems in order to actually be productive, we need processes and systems for when we lost the fight to stay on track. Life is unpredictable and sometimes getting back into the rhythm after a vacation can be a real challenge. Other times your mood just doesn’t align with your intentions and you need a minute to honor that. Whatever the reason, don’t underestimate the power of the rally. It’s almost as important as learning how to build momentum and stay disciplined in the first place.
Learning how to rally is as important as learning to build momentum and get disciplined to begin with.
So, when your to-do list is screaming at you while your mind is telling you “let’s just lay here a little longer”, this checklist of 4 can help:
1. Assess Where You Are & Make A Plan
This is triage. Assess the damage and figure out what you need to address first. Is it cleaning your room? Laundry? That project at work? Make a list and check it twice. Once you figure out how to stop the bleeding take some extra time to figure out why you fell off to begin with. Basically, do you need to adjust your routine in general?
2. Get Moving & Accept The Discomfort
The first step to starting is starting. Remember that some is better than none. A baby step still moves you further ahead than doing nothing. It’s probably going to be uncomfortable though. You’ll have to make up for the lost time which means extra effort. That, coupled with the natural dissonance associated with the attitude that caused you to fall of to begin with breeds a recipe for discomfort. Choose efficiency over perfection. Just get it done because done is better than perfect.
Choose efficiency over perfection.
3. Go Back To The Goal
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: You need to remember why you’re doing it.
The first thing I did to get myself back in the swing of things was a short visualization exercise. I sat down and pictured all that I am trying to achieve and the woman I am trying to become (I also watched about 6 episodes of Million Dollar Listing NY, because penthouse #goals).
The bottom line is falling off track means you’ve lost sight of the goal. Get back to it and revisit it often.
4. Cut Yourself Some Slack
It’s very easy to start to beat yourself up when you see yourself falling off. If you don’t cut yourself some slack the journey to getting it together can become quite toxic and self deprecating. Remember that you’re not perfect and were never called to be. Plus, the energy you put in will be the result you get out. Sow seeds of positivity and success.
It’s very easy to start to beat yourself off when you see yourself falling off. If you don’t cut yourself some slack the journey to getting it together can become quite toxic and self deprecating. Remember that you’re not perfect and were never called to be. Plus, the energy you put in will be the result you get out. Sow seeds of positivity and success.