Sometimes the quality of your work plateaus after a while, try this if you feel like you are in a rut at work.
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Ever just feel like your work isn't where it should be?
Not getting the results or recognition you wanted or even just not solving the problems you thought you would?
Even if you are in school or college right now, maybe you just can't seem to produce those high quality or unique projects/ essays that help you stand out from the rest of your peers.
Standing out is essential if we want to excel in anything we challenge ourselves with. You can't just go through the motions, show up and do the same thing you have been doing forever and expect better recognition or expect yourself to stand out from anyone else.
That just isn't how the world works and the first step towards changing this is realizing that it is all a mental game.
When you start adding tools to your mental toolbox, crafting a new mindset and developing new ways of thinking, you will start to notice better quality work.
And this blog is going to cover a great tool you can easily add to the toolbox of your mind.
I almost forgot! If you are new to the blog, thanks for stopping by! With MMNTM (mo-men-tum) my goal is to help you level up your mind and mindset with effective "workouts." Much like you would train your body, this is the gym for your mindset, everything from your happiness and mental clarity to mental discipline and productivity. These are the things that have helped me the most and I love sharing them with you daily on yourmmntm.com/blog so be sure to stop out daily!
Now let's get back to what you started reading for.
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Why Our Work Sometimes Plateaus
We get comfortable and start going through the motions because it is easy.
We like to think that when we get into a "groove" in work and life it is a good thing because you are finally getting comfortable in your job and your routine.
While that is all fine and dandy, you might be really holding yourself back by doing this.
What happens when you let this go on for years and essentially you are living the same day for years on end, doing the same work and (not surprisingly) getting paid essentially the same every year, after you account for inflation.
No wonder a lot of people always complain about their careers, they are doing nothing but showing up and doing the same amount off work, they are easily replaceable and this is not how you get a pay raise.
You have to make yourself stand out, if you are going through the motions, that is probably accomplishing the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish. At that point you are just another number in the company.
What Does A Rut Look Like in Your Work?
It is likely what you might be currently experiencing.
Well, you actually might not realize you are in a rut because you are doing everything that your job description says.
Andddd that is the problem, you are going nothing more.
You aren't getting asked to do anything more and you aren't really trying to excel at all either.
That may be fine for some people who are just trying to pay the bills, but I assume if you have stumbled upon this article, you don't fall into that same boat and you are looking for ways to improve.
A rut is essentially when you have been doing the same thing for too long, however long too long may be in your eyes, and not seeing yourself excel or not.
Some of us are self aware and realize this and can make some changes in our life, some of us are not as self aware and need to really take a step back to see if we are in a rut or not.
Either way, this "tool" you can add to your "mental toolbox" can work for anyone.
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A Step Towards Making Yourself Less Repalceable in the Workplace
This is what you really need to be focused on, not being just another number.
So, what exactly is this way to make yourself less replaceable?
Well, making yourself less replaceable is going to take everything from improving the quality of your work to changing your thinking and mental clarity so that you can better solve problems given to you or problems that you notice.
And really, no matter what someone says, you can't just make one switch in your life and be able to change all of these things.
That's like going to the gym and just doing curls and thinking that all your muscles will get more defined because of the curls.
You need a variety of exercises in order to define all of your muscles and that is no different here, you need a variety of exercises for improving your mind.
And this is one of the of many exercises that I talk about here on the blog so be sure to stop out daily: yourmmntm.com/blog
Do something creative each day.
Is Doing Something Creative Each Day the Answer?
It might just be what you need, plus it could help give you a reason to work on that "passion project."
"I'm not a writer."
"I don't draw."
"Creating content isn't my thing."
"I'm not creative."
And you don't have to be, it is a skill you can develop and you can translate that into your work!
It is not "the answer" though, because there is no "the answer" to all of your problem at work or any area of your life.
This is just a mental tool that you can add to that toolbox and see if it works for you, and if it doesn't work as well for you as other things you try in the future, then you don't need to force yourself to keep doing it.
That is the power of constantly testing, there is not a "one size fits all" strategy because everyone thinks and experiences things differently.
So, while doing something creative each day, whether that be painting, writing, drawing, taking pictures, recording videos, or learning to play an instrument, might not be "the answer," it can be party of your answer.
It works for a lot of people to improve not just their work, but their mindset as well. I do it everyday, hence the blog and social media platforms, and it has helped me a ton just in day to day life and school as well.
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Why Might This Helps Your Mindset and More Importantly, Your Work
It gets you out of your daily routine, which is likely holding you back from excelling at your job.
How exactly does this work though?
Well, when we start to do something creative each day it opens up part of our mind that we might not have been using much.
This is especially true if you literally went around avoiding creative things everyday, thinking "I'm a business major, I don't need to be creative."
Well, actually you might wanna try it out.
When you add this aspect to your day it gets you thinking differently, for the simple fact that you are doing something new and challenging every day.
You see yourself grow, get better and build some confidence because you are starting to excel any something you once sucked at.
How does that translate to your work?
Well, maybe you picked up the habit of writing every day and you are starting to get better at putting your words and ideas into sentences, this gives you some more confidence to actually put your ideas out there.
Plus, with new areas of your brain opened from this, you can have new ideas to share!
Or maybe you started drawing everyday and it just gave you time off of electronics and your phone, time to think and let your thoughts flow.
This is a thing many people see as a waste of time, or just never make the time to do, even though the best thoughts and ideas come from these times where you are distracting part of your mind with something creative and can let the other part of your mind wander and think.
Let's Get Started TODAY
Almost every day I will bring you these "workouts" at the end of the articles to actually help you take action and change your mindset.
Because that is one of the major things I see missing in personal development, the actionable advice. Everyone has ideas and theories that are "up in the clouds," yet they never come down to Earth and give us some real ways to change.
And that is what MMNTM is for, to help you actually change in a unique and fun way, it's like taking your mind to the gym every day at yourmmntm.com/blog
Well, here are some examples on what you can try this week, you don't have to do them all like our normal "workouts" on here, just pick one exercise to add to your busy day to day.
Exercise #1: Pick Up Writing
Duration: 45 minutes
Notes: Just write, write a journal, start a blog, write social media posts for something you are passionate about, just write.
Exercise #2: Draw or Paint
Duration: 45 minutes
Notes: Let your mind wander, this might be hard at first but it can very well turn into an important aspect of your day or week.
Exercise #3: Start a Social Media Page Based Around A Passion
Duration: Work on it for 45 minutes per day
Notes: find something you are passionate about and start creating content around it, you can start growing a following and connecting with others which can build even more skills as well.
Exercise #4: Start Taking Pictures
Duration: 45 Minutes
Notes: Just go out with your phone and find some things each day that represent your day, what you are doing or how you are feeling.
Andddd just like that another day on the blog is in the books! Thanks for all the support and if you enjoyed this or learned anything I just ask one thing: bring a friend back tomorrow! Time to make personal development more "normal" because it is at the foundation of every area of our lives. Stop back with a friend tomorrow-- yourmmntm.com/blog
Now be sure to actually put what you learned to use, don't just read about it and make yourself feel like you are taking action, actually take action!
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