10 Things To Do When You Feel Stuck
Getting un-stuck in your beauty biz and in life!
We all get stuck sometimes - it happens to the best of us. One of the most essential skills that we can have in our arsenal is the skill of getting un-stuck.
It's easy to get stuck and start spiraling, thinking that this is how it'll always be. But if you get stuck you can always get yourself un-stuck! So today I want to share 10 things to do when you feel stuck that will get you back up and moving in no time.
1. Make A List
Grab a piece of paper and write down all of the things you need to do. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you know you have a ton of things to do but don’t have the visual. So don’t hold back, don’t think about it too hard, just let loose and write everything down.
It can be big things like typing up that email you’ve been procrastinating or restocking your store.
Or it can be small things like go for a walk, pick up lunch, toss out the trash on your desk.
Once you get it all written out your list of tasks to accomplish will feel a lot less daunting! It's probably a really long list but don't worry about that. We'll trim it down in a bit.
2. Take A Break
Immediately follow up your list making with a little break.
"But Sheila," You say. "I just made this huge list and now you want me to take a break!?" Yes. I do.
You can take that walk that you put on your list! Or you can just lean back in your chair, close your eyes for a second, and imagine you’re on a beach in Tulum soaking up the sun. Take some deep breaths. Isn't that nice?
Sometimes the thing we need is just to shift our focus for a moment, step out of the situation that’s causing us massive amounts of stress, and then come back to it with a clearer head.
3. Organize Your List
Okay, now go back to your list.
Organize the list by Most Important to Least Important. I know you think they’re all important but realistically there’s only so much we can do in one day.
Remember, you may feel like Wonder Woman, but you’re not. You’re actually a real living human person who only has so many hours in a day, okay?
So put the most URGENT, most important things at the top.
Be honest about the things that you can probably push to tomorrow. Cross out the things that probably don’t actually need to be on the list.
Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better instantly.
4. Delayed Gratification
Structure your days to "eat the frog." Accomplish your least favorite tasks first, and your most favorite tasks last.
Reward yourself with enjoyable activities (play, music, reading, hobbies, etc.), not just activities that bring pleasure (partying, drinking, binge-watching shows).
5. Deep Work
Really make sure that you're working when you work.
What I mean by that is to eliminate the distractions. Turn off your notifications, don't get on social media, don't take social calls. Allow yourself to fully get into the zone and enter your flow state.
Structure your day so that you get at least 2 hours of work totally uninterrupted and see how much you can accomplish! You'll be amazed how much just 2 hours can push the needle.
6. Move Your Body, Flex Your Mind
Exercise a minimum of three days a week to train your body and discipline your mind.
Regular exercise alleviates feelings of anxiety, builds mental toughness, inspires motivation, and increases energy!
Consistency > intensity.
7. Create Predictability
Set a simple predictable morning and evening routine. Wake up and go to sleep at the same time; this will make it easier to fall asleep and get out of bed.
Hydrate, move your body, train your mind (meditation, reading, journaling), avoid impositions on your time and energy (checking email, phone calls, etc."
Keep it simple and make it enjoyable.
8. Change Up Your Workspace
Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need!
If possible, pack up your laptop and head out to a cafe for work.
Or maybe your salon needs a bit of a makeover. Rearrange furniture a bit if you can, or change the decor you have on your walls, light some different incense, whatever floats your boat.
Maybe you’ve got a pile of boxes that you’ve been procrastinating taking out to recycle, or you haven’t refreshed your station in a moment. Take a moment and just change things up! It’ll feel much calmer by the time you're done.
9. Clear Your Mind Of All Fears
AKA: Avoid The Spiral.
When we get stuck it’s easy to stay stuck. You start to think maybe you made a mistake, maybe all those people who said you couldn’t do it were right all along.
But I’m gonna stop you right there. Remember this: you’ve been stuck before. I’ve been stuck before. Beyonce’s been stuck before (she’s never told me this personally but I’m sure of it).
Don’t get caught up in the spiral, sister! Get your pen and paper back out and let’s do some journaling. I’ll give you some prompts right now:
What are your goals and/or intentions for the new week or month?
Make a list of the routines/habits that make you feel really great.
Visualize the highest version of yourself: What three words describe this person? How do you carry yourself? How do you spend your time?
What’s one small thing you can do differently tomorrow that will make your day even more nourishing?
What would make me happy right now?
What are 3 things I am most grateful for right now?
What's draining my energy?
What am I afraid of? How can I confront those fears head-on?
What am I really really good at? What’s my superpower?
What are 3 things I am most grateful for right now?
What accomplishment am I most proud of this month?
What is an important lesson I’ve learned recently?
What does self-care look like for me?
What is a short-term goal I’m confident I can achieve?
Come back to these prompts whenever you need to dig yourself out of the spiral before it even starts.
We’ve all been there! Life is full of highs and lows, you know? But we don’t have to let these lows control us or define us! You control your life, girl. Don’t forget that.
10. Delegate That ISH!
As entrepreneurs, we have a lot of responsibilities. Some of us are also moms, wives, sisters, daughters, best friends, mentors, confidantes, etc. You’ve got a lot on your plate, I get that. The best way to manage it all is to not do it all.
I know, I know, that feels terrifying to think about. But here’s the thing. I’ve got a multimillion-dollar company I’m running here. That entails a lot of responsibility. I can’t possibly do everything it takes to keep a business running!
I can’t make the content, edit the content, share the content on every platform, write the captions, generate the hashtags, respond to comments, answer DMs, keep track of the finances, do the accounting, file the taxes, answer all of the customer service questions, keep the website running, record the podcast episode, do the interviews, coach the students, do the cooking, do the cleaning - you get what I’m saying.
So, the way I get all of that done is by not doing it all myself. I delegate! I know my strengths, I know where I’m needed most, and the rest and hire out to those I trust to get it done the best they can.
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