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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. These are the best years of your life and you deserve to be FREE! 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for 5.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York in 2013. You can read my full story here. I’m now living my dream, settled in Bali, Indonesia, fully independent and working happily on projects that support my deepest passion! 

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I now make my living helping others break out of ordinary living and get clear on their mission in life. I get paid to help people MANIFEST THEIR DREAMS like I did — how cool is that?  

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’ve always done things a bit differently and I think there are SO many feasible ways for people to live “off the beaten path”. I hope my blog lets you see what’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Drop me a line at elaina@lifebefore30.com or apply to work with me directly! 

Stuck in a Professional Rut? Here’s What You Can Do About It

Posted on December 6th, 2016

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Whether you’re running your own business or working for a big corporation, you’ve probably experienced days where you feel stuck in a rut, unable to tap into your creativity, and nothing seems interesting. I call it “blinking cursor syndrome,” a state in which I don’t want to compose an email, write an article, work on a side project, or even Google anything. When it strikes, I always feel small, alone, lost, and unable.

 

It’s not a topic many blogger-to-entrepreneur gurus seem to cover, since it belongs to the darker side of being in business (or simply being human). So how can we get back on track when we fall into a professional depression that’s hard to shake — no less own up to? Follow these 10 steps to get inspired in the face of a paralyzing work slump.

 

Step 1: Be honest with yourself and others

 

It’s okay to feel unmotivated from time to time, so acknowledging it without beating yourself up can help the feeling pass more quickly.

 

It can also be surprisingly refreshing to simply open up about what you’re experiencing. There’s no doubt that your friends, family, or colleagues have felt the same way in the past, and they may even have some ideas for how you can get your groove back.

 

Step 2: Put the phone down

 

When you feel unmotivated, your creation-consumption ratio can get out of whack. You’ll read more articles, spend more time on social media, and find comfort in exchanging messages with family and friends, but this absorption in technology only further drains your ability to focus and generate your own ideas. It can also lead to comparing yourself to others and feeling even more uninspired and inadequate.

 

Step 3: Clean your physical space

 

For many people, there’s a direct and powerful connection between mental and physical clutter. Take a break to clean your room and organize your desk. A clean sweep of your physical environment can subconsciously generate a fresh start in your professional mindset.

 

Step 4: Assess your health and wellness habits

 

A lack of motivation in the workplace can cause you to neglect your body’s needs, which sets off a vicious cycle as neglecting your body will likely cause you to feel even more off-balance in the workplace. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. Investing in the body is investing in the mind, and sometimes a renewed focus on wellness at home can be the spark you need to feel excited and competent at work, too.

 

Step 5: Start with something familiar

 

Working on a fresh project, going to a different event, or meeting new people can be really taxing when you’re in a vulnerable, unmotivated state. Instead of overwhelming yourself, turn to something you reliably find interesting and start there. As a writer, I’ll read Tolstoy and self-development blogs to whet my appetite for projects outside of my comfort zone.

 

Step 6: Pace yourself

 

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the more stimulation you give yourself, the more quickly one of these sources will “stick” and bring you out of your rut. It’s ok to start slow.Try attending a single new event, beginning a small portion of a larger project, or having lunch with one new acquaintance at a time.

 

Step 7: Keep track of what is interesting

 

As you take measured steps forward, keep track of what excites you. If you attend an event that gives you a new business idea or meet a colleague who gives valuable insight into your part of the business, write it all down and periodically review what’s resonated with you.

 

Step 8: Reach out to your network

 

As a freelancer, I lose motivation when I’ve been working in isolation for too long. When that happens, I make an effort to set up coffee dates, move to a new co-working space, or attend a networking event. Whenever you feel alone and uninspired, connect with others.

 

Step 9: Consider the bigger picture

 

We have a tendency as human beings to think about ourselves in fundamentally self-centered ways, asking questions such as:“Where am I going in the world?” “What’s my purpose?” “What am I creating?” That leads to a lot of pressure.

 

Try shifting your focus from this micro perspective (i.e. what kind of things do I want to achieve) to a macro perspective (i.e. what are society’s bigger problems), which can help you feel more connected to the world — and more motivated as a result.

 

Start thinking about things like: “What groups of people and issues do I care about?” “What big ideas do I find most compelling?” “Where can I participate and co-create?”

 

Step 10: Just get going

 

Above all, it’s important to know that creating, exploring, changing, and understanding doesn’t come from thinking, but from action. When you feel paralyzed in the face of opportunity, indecision, or frustration, don’t drown in analyzing the way forward, just shuffle your feet a little bit in any direction. Eventually, you’ll find momentum and hit your stride, but you have to take the risk and take that first step.

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Hi, I’m Elaina and I want to help you live life on your terms, find a career you love, and travel as often as you want. These are the best years of your life and you deserve to be FREE! 

 

I’ve lived, worked, and traveled to more than 60 countries, including some pretty off-the-beaten path destinations like Mongolia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Paraguay. I lived out of a suitcase as a full-time nomad for 5.5 years, ever since leaving my management consulting gig in New York in 2013. You can read my full story here. I’m now living my dream, settled in Bali, Indonesia, fully independent and working happily on projects that support my deepest passion! 

 

What makes my story unique is that I’ve traveled AND built a professional career, working for companies like IBM and Uber over the years. I’ve also spent long stretches of time freelancing and traveling adventurously through South America, Asia, and Africa. I now make my living helping others break out of ordinary living and get clear on their mission in life. I get paid to help people MANIFEST THEIR DREAMS like I did — how cool is that?  

 

I write about self-development, digital nomadism, charting unconventional life paths, finding jobs overseas, pursuing long-term travel, and living purposefully in a fast-paced, confusing world. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all model for creating a life you love. I’ve always done things a bit differently and I think there are SO many feasible ways for people to live “off the beaten path”. I hope my blog lets you see what’s both possible and practical.  

 

I started this blog because I want to help you find an exciting career, travel the world, break the norms, and develop yourself both personally and professionally. Drop me a line at elaina@lifebefore30.com or apply to work with me directly! 

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