We all get stuck from time to time, and while occasional moments of stuckness are normal, too much of it leads to procrastination and time-wasting. How to easily get moving and out of being stuck is an important question to ask to prevent further time-wasting. Furthermore, our attention scatters as we search for things to do that give us pleasure. Contrasting to focusing on getting moving with the task at hand. Most importantly, as output is the ultimate measure of results, anytime we lose focus output falls.
So, how to easily get moving and get things done is a question we need to answer.
To answer the question, we need to look behind the scenes of our actions. Firstly, it’s necessary to pause and become aware of what is going on in our mind. What are we thinking, and what are we habitually saying to ourselves? Secondly, it’s important to be aware of our body and how we are feeling. Thirdly, name the feeling. This is helpful next time we feel stuck. As a Mindset and Performance Coach for the past 12 years, I have seen first-hand how the effects of changing thoughts and feelings can create transformational results.
So, I have come up with a simple equation to equip you with two solutions for how to easily get moving and back into productive action.
This simple equation shows you how to easily get moving and out of stuck
O = f (M,F)
Output (O) is a function (f) of your mind (M) and how you feel (F)
O stands for output, the measure of your results.
Your output is determined by the function, f of what is going on in your mind, M and your body, F, how you feel.
Let me give you an example.
You are thinking negatively about your report that needs completing but you don’t feel like doing it. Your thoughts create chemicals that match what you are thinking about. Good thoughts create good feelings and unhelpful or negative thoughts create unhelpful and negative feelings. Feelings are your subjective label for an emotion, a movement of energy. In this example, not surprisingly, you don’t feel too great, so you aren’t inspired to tackle the report. Most noteworthy, as a human, you are driven by how you feel most of the time. Consequently, your output, O is likely to be poor.
If you are feeling tired or anxious, F, your thoughts will mirror how you feel. Again, as your thoughts and feelings both influence your actions, your output, O, is likely to fall.
To increase output, change your thoughts or your feelings
The key to how to easily get moving and increase your Output is to change what you are thinking or feeling. Changing one influences the other. We need to look no further than the sporting world for evidence of this. Athletes have the ability to produce winning performances even if they feel nervous and have doubting thoughts in their head. They practice the skill of mental rehearsal and visualisation and literally create a movie in their mind of themselves doing a masterful performance. Their thoughts align with what they want; a winning performance. Our belief and expectation strengthen because our brain doesn’t differentiate between what is real and what is imaginary. Most noteworthy, when they add in physical practice, champion performances occur.
While I can highly recommend visualisation for boosting your long term results, here are a few alternative ways that will help you how to easily get moving fast.
Here are seven ways to get moving
- Change your thinking. Instead of focusing on the negative, interrupt the pattern. Create some default questions when you are aware of losing focus and catch yourself in a stuck pattern. For example, ‘what can I do to get unstuck right now?’ ‘Is there anyone who can help me?’ ‘What is the one tiny action I can do right now?’ Asking better questions helps lead your mind in a new direction. Similarly, the question itself presupposes the question, how to easily get unstuck? Furthermore, asking great questions also increases your sense of happiness.
- Create a sense of urgency using your brain’s natural bias of doing things that are urgent now. We even have a name for this. The urgency effect. Imagine you have a deadline of one hour, to get unstuck. After this time you are off to do something you enjoy. By asking ‘How can I achieve a day’s outcome in the next hour?’ creates a sense of urgency. This will shift your mind instantly.
- Stop and notice how you feel. Ask ‘what do I need right now?’ Perhaps you are simply hungry or feeling tired. Maybe you need to fuel your body with a healthy snack, or simply drink a glass of water? Our brains use vast amounts of energy to keep functioning optimally. Dehydration diminishes our capacity for performance and makes us sluggish.
- Perhaps play your favourite music to change how you feel? The brain will then release dopamine, a feel-good chemical. Better still, if you can, get up and dance for a few minutes. I guarantee this will increase your energy and give you a fun and practical solution to how to easily get moving.
Practice daydreaming to change how you feel
- Allow yourself a few minutes to daydream to change your state. According to an article in Scientific American (10-15-13), a relaxed daydreaming state “replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve high levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.” Daydreaming helps you literally get unstuck in time.
- Go for a run or do some exercise. Exercise creates endorphins, feel-good hormones. When you feel better you will think better thoughts.
- Meditate. Simply taking time to meditate, to switch off your overthinking head and to observe yourself from a quiet space can allow your inner wisdom to help you out. Science has shown you have three brains or centres of intelligence. You have a head, heart and a gut-brain. Getting out of your head can allow your mind to clear the clutter. Furthermore, it allows those other brains to play their part and help you out. Listen to the small voice inside. I use excellent techniques from Mbraining in my work to help people gain more clarity and wisdom.
Ultimately creating high energy habits that support your overall goals and outcomes is key to your overall and sustained success.
This equation is the key for how to easily get moving and unstuck
In conclusion, this equation has the power to help you to easily get moving faster. Moreover, getting more done and raising your productivity. Remember, procrastination isn’t always no action. The action you take may be interesting but not necessarily important. It is often pleasurable but scores very low on the output scale.
When you interrupt your potentially downward spiral by checking in with what you are thinking and feeling, you will get better and better at noticing when you lose focus. And of course, your output will increase. Just imagine what even a small increase in focus will do to your productivity? If you were an athlete you might even be in the running for a gold medal in the productivity arena.
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