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Do You Feel You're Stuck In A Rut?

When you can't see a way out ...

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Getting stuck in a rut is not a pleasant place to be for any of us. Head down, trying to plough forward, but only digging in deeper and deeper until you can't see a way out ...

If you're stuck in a rut then my maybe my to-do list method may be useful!

If you're stuck in a rut then my maybe my to-do list method may be useful!

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Sometimes when it happens to me, my usual methods just don't work. The overwhelm can get too much and I have to dig deep and be particularly resourceful. Ever feel like that?

So what do I do when I feel like I am stuck in that rut? Well the simple answer is:

  1. I get out a pad and paper (yes you hear me right - paper - not an tablet or phone)

  2. I write down my to-do list. No more than a couple of items first - just to get me going

  3. Then once they are ticked off (ticking off is an essential part of process as that makes you feel good about having done stuff)

  4. I add a couple more items, tick them off and then add more

Yes, it isn't rocket science, and you may wonder why I resort to pen and paper to-do lists when I have plenty of apps to choose from?

Well, you may agree that there is something entirely personal about writing a to-do list down. The connection between brain, hand, pen and paper is missing when you type something into a computer screen.

"And ticking each to-do item off the list is also incredibly satisfying!"

You would be in good company as well with creating to-do lists. Richard Branson wrote in a recent blog post about creating lists:

"I have always lived my life by making lists. These vary from lists of people to call, lists of ideas, lists of companies to set up, lists of people who can make things happen. I also have lists of topics to blog about, lists of tweets to send and lists of upcoming plans."

He also states that he carries around a notebook for this very purpose. So, while I am still a big fan of all things computer-based, I have bought myself a little notebook to keep in my laptop bag just in case inspiration hits, and I want to create a list or two.

So next time you find yourself stuck in a rut, get a piece of paper out and write your to-do list on it and tick it off one by one. It will help kick start you back into productivity.

Until next time ...


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If you feel you're stuck in a rut and need some help to get you back onto the road to productivity, call me on 01858 414226, leave a comment below, or click here to ping over an email and let's see how I can help you.

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About Ellen Willoughby ...


I'm Ellen, Director of All About Quality and All About Productivity. I have over 20 years experience as a professional in the quality world and 17 years as a practising Buddhist. As a result of this, I have a passion for improvement. in business and personal life.

This has led me to productivity and how I can be the best I can by devouring hundreds of blogs and books on the subject and practising meditation and mindfulness techniques. Combined, this has helped me understand what needs to be done to improve the performance of processes and more importantly you.

If you would like to know how I can help you do call me!


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