Stuck is a word that describes a situation where something is fixed or frozen in one place. It can be something as simple as a lid that can’t be removed or as complex as a relationship where everything is stuck in place.
It’s important to recognize that we all get stuck at times, whether it’s in a job we don’t like or in a relationship that feels less than fulfilling. Fortunately, there are many ways to feel emotionally unstuck and take control of your life again.
Use your why
Having a strong sense of purpose is important, and it can serve as a compass when you feel stuck in life. “Having a deeper reason for what you’re doing can help to reorient your life, and can lead to greater motivation when you’re feeling stuck,” says Marter.
Make a plan
Often people get stuck in the beginning of a project because they don’t have a clear idea on what they want to say or how they want to say it. It’s important to have a plan before you start writing, so you know what you want to achieve in the paper.
A great way to keep your motivation high is to set realistic goals for yourself. It’s not about hitting thousands of words per day or even writing the whole thing in one sitting; a goal for yourself that is achievable and that will give you some satisfaction is all that matters.
Create an outline
If you have an idea of what your paper is going to be about before you begin, then the process will go much easier and quicker. Getting an outline will also help you to write in more detail about the ideas you have, which will make your writing flow better as well.
Talk to others about your paper
A good way to break out of writer’s block is to meet with a friend or someone else you get along with and talk about the idea of the paper. They might give you some helpful pointers that could help to break through your’stuck’ moment, and they will also be able to keep you on track with your paper as you work on it.
Reward yourself for your efforts
The best way to stop yourself from feeling stuck is to reward yourself. This is often hard to do, especially when you’re struggling with a piece of work, but it really does help. Try to find some kind of small incentive or a little reward for yourself, after you’ve finished a session of writing.
Do something you enjoy
Taking a break from your writing may help to clear your mind, and it’s always good to be able to relax, pet a dog or have a cup of tea! Having a break can really help you to feel rejuvenated and ready to come back to your writing.