5 Tips for Breaking Out of Your Rut

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by Dana on August 23, 2012

This week, I’d like to talk to you about getting out of your comfort zone a bit. It happens to the best of us—we tend to get to a point in our lives where we’re running on autopilot and we find ourselves in a rut. We fall into a typical routine that typically looks like this—wake up, rush around frantically to get the kids ready and everyone out of the house, go to work, come home, rush around getting dinner ready and the kids to bed, then collapse on the couch or bed watching mindless TV. If this has ever happened to you, you’ll definitely want to check out my top 5 tips for shaking things up in your life.

Idea #1: Attend an event.
Check out your local paper and find an event to attend. This could be a play, a musical, a live music concert, a sports event or a local festival.

Idea #2: Explore new restaurants.
If you’re like me, you probably tend to go to the same restaurants over and over—and order the same meals while you’re there. Make a list of all the restaurants you’ve heard great things about or have been meaning to eat at and start to check them out, one-by-one.

Idea #3: Meet new people.
When we’re in school, we get very used to making new friends on a regular basis, but once we’re adults we tend to get out of practice in this area.  Research local networking groups or check out www.meetup.com to find groups of people who meet locally who may have similar interests as you. Then, pay one of these groups a visit.

Idea #4: Learn something new.
Challenge yourself to learn a new skill. This could involve learning a foreign language, taking a cooking class or a new exercise class, or  joining a local book club.

Idea #5: Travel somewhere different.
Try to visit a new spot a few times a year. It doesn’t have to be an expensive trip or a destination that’s far away; it could even be a day trip to somewhere nearby. Make a list of all the places you’ve been interested in visiting and get going!

Do you have any additional ideas for breaking out of a rut? If so, please share them in the Comments box below.