A rut is defined as a sunken track or groove made by the passage of vehicles or a fixed, usually boring routine.
Generally speaking, I like routine.Â Routine is good because it can be predictable, so you can plan around a routine knowing that there are few surprises that will get in the way and it makes doing non-routine things seem a lot more interesting than they might be otherwise.
But here’s the thing… I don’t like my routine to be perpetual.Â What I try and do is set a bunch of goals or objectives (some long term, some short term, some reliant on the completion of other goals or tasks, some are reliant on external factors etc. etc.) and based on these goals, I’ll work-out a rough routine that will help me accomplish those goals.Â That routine will then remain in place until that goal is completed and a new routine is established to tackle the next goal.
By using this method, I get to have the stability of a routine, but still maintain an interesting and exciting outlook on everything because my routine is continually changing… plus I get the added benefit and satisfaction of ticking something off my long list of potential accomplishments.
The problem is that there are some daily tasks that are essential and don’t specifically relate to any one goal – they just need to get done and if you don’t do them, you won’t get anywhere.Â Boring things like paying bills, cooking, cleaning etc. etc.
Oftentimes we get so caught-up in these daily tasks that we let our goal-specific routines slip and subsequently we never get around to completing anything worthwhile and (in my opinion) that’s when we find ourselves stuck in a rut.
At the moment, I’m not quite there yet, but I’m slowly starting to see my little projects and goals slipping further and further away as a result of all the daily tasks constantly mounting-up and I feel I’m heading towards a rut.Â Fortunately, I’m aware of this which means I can do something about it.