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Managing your Monday rut

Managing your Monday rut

A huge challenge for people, on Mondays, is navigating a creative rut.

There is this nagging internal and external pressure to step into Monday with a clear plan.

Most people struggle with having a structured mental road map because they feel like Monday is the gatekeeper to productivity.

I remind myself and my clients that Monday is the "rough draft" day of the week.

It may set the tone for what to prioritize - but the rest of the week is the creative space that supports execution.

If you feel like you're in a creative rut, try these three things.

  • Lean on your alter ego. If you are struggling to create something - or get it done - pretend to be someone else who would dive fully into the task or project. This method helps you step out of a self-rejection mindset.
  • Work somewhere else. Change up your work space as much as you can - or pack up and work in a different location. This will give your brain a "newness" jolt - so you can move out of your creative rut.
  • Get going anyway. Even if you are feeling low on creativity - start the work/project. Set a timer and work for 30-45 minutes without interruptions. Reward yourself with a short break. Then come back and try again.

When was the last time you were in a creative rut?

How did you take care of yourself?

How did you give yourself a creative boost?

Kanesha Baynard

Kanesha is the founder of the Bold Living Today community focused on helping members disrupt unfulfilling patterns through creativity and navigate transition with confidence and boldness.