15 Ways to Zig When You Want to Zag

When you woke up this morning, did you grab your robe, shuffle to the kitchen, and press the Brew button? (Mine was a Starbucks Verona K-cup.)

How to zig when you want to zag

Most people spend their entire lives in that same state of semi-aware robot sameness. They do the same thing every day, say the same things, write the same things, look the same way.

And then they expect something to change.

They’re stuck.

My suggestion is: zig when you want to zag.

  1. Have tea tomorrow morning instead of coffee.
  2. Wear an acid green shirt.
  3. Drive a different route to work (or hitch a ride with a colleague).
  4. If you always write about marketing, write a post about neuropsychology or ant farming.
  5. Practice a new response to “how are you?” Instead of “fine, how are you,” what if you said, “I’m FANtastic!”
  6. Floss tomorrow.
  7. If you’ve been afraid to submit a guest post to your favorite blog, just do it.
  8. When you normally would say “no thank you” to something, go for it and say “sure, thanks!”
  9. Go for a full day without typing minimizing words in any emails (like “just” or “sorry”).
  10. Have lunch at a place you’ve never been.
  11. Have you become afraid of talking on the phone? Call three clients out of the blue.
  12. Mail a handwritten thank you note to someone.
  13. If you have a habit of checking email first thing in the morning, wait until noon.
  14. Pick a new habit to incorporate into your routine (listen to this awesome podcast from Michael Hyatt for some help with that).
  15. Choose one task you need to get done, and ask someone for help with it.

Get unstuck. Out of the rut.

Things will change if you change them.

The Successful-Blog community is here to help. What can we help you get unstuck from?

Author’s Bio: Rosemary O’Neill is an insightful spirit who works for social strata — a top ten company to work for on the Internet . Check out the Social Strata blog. You can find Rosemary on Google+ and on Twitter as @rhogroupee

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  1. says

    Those minimizing words are so “small” but very powerful and really water down your message. When you use them, you make the reader feel that what ever it is that you have to say is insignificant and not really needed to be paid attention to. Or they come across as very insincere.

  2. says

    So true Josh! When I first started trying to take those words out of my emails, I was dismayed to see how many times they snuck in there! Thanks for stopping by to share!

  3. says

    Routine can be very important, but there are dangers, we’re not always thinking about what we’re doing. Like at a green light, naturally we Go! But what if someone is running that green light? We need to switch things up to make sure we are thinking about every move we make. So if we follow the steps above, it will teach us to break routine and don’t always go with the groove. Switching up is good for a balanced life mentally and physically. I’m definitely sharing this.

  4. says

    Watch out for an article on neuropsychology from me soon…

    Seriously, though, these are great tips. I like, well I don’t like number 11, but I will get to it when I’m back in the office tomorrow.

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