Tell me if any of this sounds familiar: You’re not happy in your current job but aren’t sure what else you’re qualified to do. You’re not making enough money but you can’t afford to quit. You want to do something meaningful but you haven’t found your “passion”.
Go back to school? Start your own business?? Join the circus???
If you’ve become paralyzed by indecision, the best strategy may be to stop, take a breath, and come at the problem from a different direction. Here are some ideas to get you moving:
Dive deep into a new subject. It doesn’t matter what it is. Pick something that interests you (work-related or not) and start learning everything you can about it. Explore it from different perspectives and thru different mediums. Follow footnotes and interesting asides. See where it takes you.
Get an activity tracker and start walking. Feeling aimless drains your energy and you may find yourself in a sedentary rut. An activity tracker (I like the FitBit) will help you focus on getting up and out. And walking will clear your mental fog and get you thinking big thoughts.
Declutter. Our physical space and our mental space are deeply entwined. Clearing our material baggage has a magic way of clearing our psyche as well. Purge ruthlessly and then examine what’s left. It may hold clues to what really matters in your life. (Marie Kondo’s book on the magic of tidying up explores this in depth.)
Keep a time log. “I don’t have time.” is probably the biggest excuse we use for not moving forward. But you probably have more than you think. Track everything you do for a week and see where your time is really going. Then evaluate what you can change to make time for something new.
Start a blog. Pick something that interests you and start writing about it. It doesn’t have to be ground breaking stuff, but commit to writing something on the regular. Explore other blogs and start connecting with people online. Be open to the process and again, see where it takes you.
Volunteer to work with someone from another country. Volunteering is good experience in general, but working directly with someone from another culture – tutoring a non-native speaker, for example – is an excellent way to put your own life in perspective.
How about you? Have you ever felt aimless? How did you deal with it?
(This post contains affiliate links to Powell’s Books.)