You can be on Entrepreneur’s cover!

Feeling Meh? Here's How You Can Break Free From Your Routine There are things that you can do to not only figure out why you're stuck, but also learn how to get motivated and excited again.

By May Rostom

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.


Ever get that feeling that you're stuck in that movie Groundhog Day? Waking up every morning, meeting the same people, having the same conversations over and over again, and laughing at the same joke every day? Well, this condition is commonly referred to as a "routine." It's easy to fall into a routine, and eventually, you'll feel bored, old, and stuck with nowhere to run. These feelings can be frustrating, but guess what: there are things that you can do to not only figure out why you're stuck, but also learn how to get motivated and excited again. Here's how:

1. Do one thing differently every day Take a different route to work, instead of your usual route. Walk instead of drive, go to work early rather than late every day, and take a look around you might see something you haven't seen before.

2. Have it your way Being Arabs, we are always told what to do, and how to do it- so, instead, do things your way, the way it seems appropriate and comforting to you.

3. Switch off Sometimes we spend hundreds of hours on the internet without really achieving or learning anything. Make use of your precious time, instead of chatting or reading status updates on Facebook, have a phone conversation with one of your family members or friends, or read a good book.

4. Show up and dress up Girls often hate wearing makeup if no one is going to see it, but that's just wrong. Dress up even if you're going out alone, slap on some lipstick and blush even if you're going to be home all day, and fix your hair- because taking care of yourself should be done for you, not anybody else.

5. Have some fun with lunch Have your lunch break in a different place every time. Eat something different, read a book, or talk on the phone. Remember, your lunch break is not just for lunch.

Related: Ten Tell-Tale Signs You're Stuck In A Career Rut

6. Move things around Re-decorate, or just move your furniture around, every once in a while. Change the position of your bed- it may sound silly, but you'd be waking up with a different perspective, literally.

7. Meet new people No matter how old you are, or how many friends you've got, you can never have too many friends. Meeting new people helps you break free from that so-called routine. Get out and about, talk to people you wouldn't normally approach- they might be more fun than you've imagined.

8. Get to your bucket list Make a list of all the things you've wanted to do, but didn't have the time to do it before- and start doing them. These might include learning a new language, driving a fast car, taking up surfing, or learning how to cook gourmet food. This list is a perfect way to help you stay focused on what you really like and want to do, even if you think you don't have the skill to do it.

9. Stop procrastinating and putting things off By doing so, you'll always have that cloud over your head, and that annoying little noise in your ears telling you to get started on what you need to do.

10. Dance Dancing can relieve stress, and can actually elevate your mood. Jump around the room, turn up the volume, and just dance like no one is watching.

Being stuck in a rut is a very exhausting habit that we simply think will wear off. But the truth is that it won't just wear off, you'll wake up with that feeling every day, unless you do something about it. So, make the effort- and break the cycle!

Related: Adopting Mindfulness For Productivity

May Rostom

Curator, Entrepreneur Café

May Rostom is the curator of Entrepreneur Café, a new daily digest of stories from Entrepreneur Middle East to fuel your day at work. 

May has been in the fashion journalism field for more than five years, with over 500 articles published in online and offline mediums. Working closely with some of the biggest fashion brands in the region, from creating, curating, and developing content to aggregating and pitching for content from several fashion and beauty outlets in the Middle East, Rostom’s experience is multicultural and vast. She was formerly a senior lifestyle editor/writer at MSN Arabia, and she has also worked with TRESemme Egypt as a fashion expert.

Side Hustle

This Insurance Agent Started a Side Hustle Inspired By Nostalgia for His Home State — Now It Earns Nearly $40,000 a Month

After moving to New York City, Danny Trejo started a business to stay in touch with his roots — literally.


Follow The Leader: Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO, Ruder Finn

When Bloomgarden led the creation of a Ruder Finn office in China, it was unexplored territory for the company at the time. Today, three decades later, the agency is ranked as number one in China from a global perspective.

Growth Strategies

Here's How You Can Make Your UAE-Based Salon Business Break Even In 16 Weeks

The UAE cosmetics market alone is forecast to cross US$3 billion by 2025 on account of the increasing demand from the youth population, growing adoption of global cultures and lifestyles, and an increasing number of beauty salons across the country.


Lessons On Leadership: Elisa Bruno, CEO, Level Shoes

"I have found that leadership must be strongly founded in authenticity, and the transparency that comes with taking on such an approach."

Business News

Diddy Still Pays Sting $5,000 A Day For Using His Song Without Permission, 26 Years Later

The 1997 hit "I'll Be Missing You" sampled the Police's "Every Breath You Take."