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Time to Reboot?

  • March 3, 2017
  • Written by Meridian Admin

Do you sometimes find yourself feeling unproductive or that things seem to be on autopilot and you don’t have the energy to take back control?

In the ebbs and flows of life there are times when we feel like we’re in a slump. Sometimes, we have had our energy sapped due to illness and sometimes it may be an subconscious change in our routines. It seems that we have gotten out of our rhythm and lost some of the good habits that were part of our more productive and energetic periods.

If we recognize that we are at a point where both productivity and energy are low and this seems to have been dragging on for too long, then maybe it’s time to reboot. By definition, reboot simply means an act or instance of making a change in order to establish a new beginning.

Once you have determined this is the case and you wish to reboot, it may be helpful to consider the following questions. First, try to think of when you last felt most productive and energetic. What did that time look like? What were your routines or habits at that time? What were you doing that is different from today?

For each of us there may be a variety of factors that contributed to those feelings. A few examples of why you were in a better space may come to mind. Regular exercise, meditation, work-life balance, keeping up with friends and family, healthy eating, and taking breaks at work may be some of the things that you’ve not kept up with as part of your daily or weekly routine. It is up to you to determine what is missing now that contributed to that positive time.

The second part of the equation is to figure out how to get some or all of those good habits back in your life to help you recreate those positive feelings of productivity and energy. What will your new routine look like? How will it fit into your schedule? When will you start? If the answer as to when you will start is at some point in the future, then you may need to ask yourself the question, what is stopping you from starting now (or at least tomorrow)? It’s about not procrastinating, or as Nike sums it up succinctly – Just Do It.

So when you feel the need of a reboot, whether it’s due to lack of energy, productivity, or simply feeling you’re in a slump of sorts, it’s useful to look back on your life and find when you last felt productive and energetic. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your feelings shift once you have taken the initiative. It’s about building upon your past successes to create a better present and future.

Paul Abra, Certified Executive Coach, Motivated Coaching

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