Blogging is an incredible way to start a flexible online business, but what are you supposed to do when you’re feeling stuck? Can we just all pause for a moment and realize how true and honest this question is. Because guess what? We’ve been doing this for over 7 years (yes, 7!) and we still battle with getting in and out of ruts from time to time. We’re human, it happens.
But what you can’t let happen is allowing yourself to stay stuck. It’s not healthy or a good place to be and ultimately, it’s going to sink your chances for growth and success at a very rapid pace.
And now that I’ve stated that doom and gloom of a sentence, let’s focus on how we’re not going to let that happen to you. Ever.
As I mentioned above, we’ve been in ruts. Lots of them. And still, to this day, we find that there are things and feelings and emotions that trip us up. Everyone struggles, we totally get that.
But thankfully, we’re found a few tips that have helped pull us out of our ruts and kept us moving forward. We actually credit these tips to getting us to where we are today and we’re hopeful that you’ll find the same success with them.
If you’re ready to learn our simple blueprint of what keeps us motivated and going, get ready friends, we’re spilling the beans below.
Here is the latest YouTube video that we did talking all about the simple ways to get unstuck blogging instantly.
6 Simple Ways To Get Unstuck Blogging Instantly
I think it’s also important to point out that I know that there are other methods that might work well for you, too. These are just the main ones that have continued to guide and help us, over and over again. And you know what they say, right? If it’s not broke – don’t fix it.
Thank about your “why”
This is HUGE. You have to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place. Because if you lose track of the WHY then you lose track of your FOCUS.
Think back to when you started. There is always a reason for starting anything. You are the author of your own book, the leader of your own origin story.
For me, my why was that I wanted to be able to retire my husband from his job. I wanted him home with us to have more of that family bond and create a stronger family unit. He was literally spending 12 hours a day at work, which meant that I was losing 12 hours of time with him daily, too. And when he got home from work at night, we maybe have a couple of hours to see each other before we started the same crazy process again.
It hit me one night as I was sitting there looking forward to the weekend, just to spend time with my husband. Something had to change – and I immediately knew that was my “why”.
That simple thought helped to propel me to where I am today, and now look – my “why” is sitting right here with me and we’re growing this business together.
Know Who To Serve
If you lose focus on who you’re trying to serve, you’re going to lose focus of your path. Plain and simple, it’s true.
And if you’re uncertain about what your people and followers want, it’s time to peel back the layers and go hang out where they’re hanging out. (This is also a super way to get to go shopping!)
For me, my target audience tends to be moms who shop at Target, Hobby Lobby, craft stores, and other places like that. (and I’m more than happy to go to Target for “research” purposes!)
When I’m feeling stuck, I go and I browse. I don’t even have to really buy anything, although more times than not, I do. I take a stroll up and down the aisles and I see what big companies with big budgets are marketing. From this, I draw inspiration.
Taking a stroll through Hobby Lobby is literally like walking through a real-life version of Pinterest. I get so many great ideas and inspiration just from taking a shopping stroll.
The same can be said for the Dollar Store and other similar shopping stores, too. You can easily get a TON of great ideas and see how they’re branded and marketed (for free!) to your audience. Pretty awesome, right?
This is one of my favorite ways to find that inspiration and motivation that tried to recently vacate my brain.
Put the focus on yourself
When you take the time to work on yourself, you’re proving that you want to be the best you possible. And let’s be honest. When it comes to having a successful business, you don’t have to be the smartest person or the best-looking person to rise to the top.
All you need to have is the confidence in yourself.
This can actually mean different things for different people. Some people find that confidence by exercising and losing weight to feel better on the outside while others will meditate or look inwards spiritually to find that internal peace.
And when it comes down to it, you have to do what you need and keep that within your focus.
I’m a big believer in physical fitness to have a strong body and a strong mind and getting away from the computer to move your body is an amazing stress reliever as well.
When you start to work your body, you’re instantly going to start to feel good about yourself in a way that you’re going to want more of. This is why some people claim that exercise can actually become quite addictive. It literally pumps positive energy and vibes throughout your entire body and mind.
Once you put the focus on taking care of yourself, your confidence is going to be shining bright. Not only will you show your confidence in your everyday life and mannerisms, but that confidence will actually come through in the content that you’re creating as well.
The same can be said when you’re lacking confidence…your content will be lacking, too.
This is so important when you’re selling products or courses to an audience because if you don’t have the confidence in yourself, how do you expect to sell them the thought process that they should be confident in investing in you?
Focus on the most important things
One of the biggest hang-ups that happen is that we allow ourselves to get stuck on things that really aren’t all that important. At all.
I am so fortunate to work with thousands of people and that also means that I have heard many times their focus go towards avenues that truly shouldn’t even be worth a second thought.
These truths might sting a little but here are some rapid truths to take to heart.
Your logo ultimately doesn’t matter.
The sidebar on your blog gets missed by most of your readers.
Wasting time on the perfect color scheme is literally just that – wasting time. Pick one base color and one accent color, and go with it.
And I hope you know I’m saying these things with a kind and gentle tone but please understand it’s the truth.
To be honest, we don’t even have a logo. And I have no plans on ever getting one, either. It’s not the best place to spend my time when I could be using those efforts elsewhere and in a way that is going to have a return for my business in a positive way.
So please, I beg of you. Don’t get stuck on the little things. Forget about the headers, the sidebar, the color schemes…and remember that the most important thing that you can do is to create good content and share it.
That’s it. That’s literally the most important thing that you should be worrying about when it comes to being a blogger, a course creator, a content creator, etc.
Be done with the thought that everything has to be perfect to move forward. Because in life, nothing is ever perfect. Ever.
Stop wasting time on social media
Have you ever heard of the phrase “imposter syndrome”? It’s real, and it tears people apart.
The biggest thing that feeds this syndrome is all the social media platforms. Because if you go down that rabbit hole or looking at people and businesses and comparing yourself and your success to them, it can be a very dark and lonely place to be.
Plus, you’ll waste HOURS, if not days where you could be creating and scaling your business in a way that truly matters.
So just stop. Take a break from social media. Walk away from it and do something else.
Block the noise from the online world and take some time to get recentered and refocused. You’ll be amazed at how your entire outlook on your business can change just by doing that.
And I’m so guilty of this as well. I’m constantly seeing other moms and families posting all this amazing Christmas stuff that they’re doing and I’m just sitting here happy that I got the kids to put on pants today.
But that’s what social media does. It makes us rear our jealousy and put the focus on other people when you should be using that time to focus on your own life and business instead.
Have a plan
This might be last on the list, but it’s one of the most important things that you can do to get out of a rut. Take the time to set a structure for your business and create a plan to follow.
This is imperative to your success and growth and is something I firmly believe in.
Having a plan in place and writing it down means that you can quickly access it easily when you’re feeling stuck. I have a planner that I love to write everything down in and I often look at my goals and plans to stay focused.
Not only that but having a plan gives me energy, too. It gives me a focal point every day that I can fine-tune and really zone in on and I find that it makes me a lot more productive as well.
When I know what my plan is, I waste less time and I find that I get less distracted less often, too. I can then use this plan and goal to keep me focused and in the right mind frame as well.
See how simple these tips are for getting out of a rut? I’m 100% serious when I tell you that these are what keeps me going, every single day. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t hard days, but this does mean that I am prepped to get through those days a lot better and I don’t have to get sucked into that rabbit hole of despair.
If you’re ready to get serious about blogging and are ready to get started, I’m here to help you. The Blog Plan are exactly the steps that I used to retire my husband and I can vouge that it’s effective when done properly.
Final Thoughts on Simple Ways To Get Unstuck Blogging Instantly
I know we’ve thrown some tips your way on how to tackle a blogging rut so please don’t feel overwhelmed.
You have what it takes to overcome those negative feelings and thoughts and these simple tips can help. You can do this!
If you can peel back the layers to know why you started this journey in the first place, it can be a big boost to your confidence and healing process. And please remember that you’re not alone in these thoughts and feelings, either.
I have found myself in ruts more times than I’d like to admit but the one constant that helped me pull myself out was that I knew I had a “why”. I REFUSED to give up on the dream of retiring my husband because I knew that I was doing it for the betterment of our family.
That simple thought of determination is what helped me keep going, each and every day. And now that my husband is officially retired from the corporate world and at home with me and the kids, I can say with 100% confidence that every rut and misstep along the way online helped to solidify and create the business we have today.