New Year: Time to Rearrange

I sometimes get stuck. For example, remember that time I said I was going to start blogging regularly and being more active? Yeah that last like 2 weeks and then I disappeared from the face of writing earth for 2 months.

Turns out the holidays are busy.

But it also turns out it’s hard to produce when things feel stale.

What do you mean stale?

You know the feeling. When you just can’t seem to get the wheels spinning and you can’t quite put a reason to it. It’s like trying to walk underwater.

It’s not as easy as it looks.

It’s not as easy as it looks.

You just feel suffocated. The air is stale and heavy. Like the world is collapsing around you and you don’t know how to get anything done.

Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but if you’re a recovering perfectionist workaholic like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

But even if you’re not, I have a trick that will help you get the juices flowing again and have you up and producing in no time!

One of my favorite life hacks

Rearrange.

It’s that easy. Honestly, it’s a great way to jump start the mind.

Once I year at work, I love to completely rearrange my office. I move my desk to a different spot, move a shelf or a file cabinet, even just rearrange what’s on the walls. It’s like a breath of fresh air. In fact, it does a lot of things.

When you make a change, it gives your brain permission to explore. Now, I hate change as much as the next control freak, but there’s something to this. In fact, Psychology Today has an article discussing this idea. One of the great points the article makes is that “meaningful hand use elevates mood.”

Give your hands something to do, and your brain will thank you for it.

There’s also this effect of having a blank canvas to explore. It seems like when I make an organizational change, my mind runs wild with discovering all the new facets of it. But the effect can be replicated on a much smaller scale.

Sleep upside down

No, not like this

No, not like this

Sometimes when I feel like I just need something new and fresh, I’ll put my pillows on the other side of my bed, so my feet are now where my head usually is. Yeah, it’s weird. Some of you OCD folk just got really uncomfortable, but it works.

Yeah, sometimes I wake up super confused, but I feel like it just gives my brain permission to see things differently. To reset and approach things with a fresh eye. It’s small, it’s weird, and it probably doesn’t work for everyone.

When you’re stuck and feel like things just aren’t firing, try to rearrange. And if you can’t do that, sleep upside down.