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How to get out of a rut

In Kathryn Hall’s latest guest spot for us, she reminds us that it’s the simple things in life that can get you going again.

A couple of weeks ago I packed my bags and headed off to the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

If you haven’t been there, Edinburgh is a wonderfully romantic city.

Full of history, its castle takes pride of place in the centre while windy cobbled streets surround its walls and lead to grassy crags that rise above the city. It’s very different from the colourful seaside town of Brighton where I live.

Heading up to Edinburgh was a mini holiday really. A chance to catch up with old university friends whilst simultaneously taking a break from the long days of sitting in front of the computer.

But although my trip was a holiday, it also served another purpose that I hadn’t planned. 

It made me feel more creative. More inspired. More alive.

Exploring the nooks and crannies of a new area, talking to people I hadn’t seen in a while, taking day trips out…It’s like all these activities opened up another part of my brain and helped ideas and creativity to naturally evolve from the darkness and come to the surface.

As I walked round the cobbled streets of Edinburgh ideas started popping into my head…blog posts…projects…people I could work with…new things to try and experiment with. They flowed out of me without even trying and I found myself regularly pausing mid-walk to get my phone out and make a note of the spark of inspiration for fear it might be lost forever.

And so, although I went away to have a break from work. I ended up coming home with a notebook full to the brim of scribbled jottings, ideas, and ‘to do’ lists along with a revived sense of excitement and motivation to get things going.

It’s served as a reminder to me. A change of scene can do wonders. 

It can be so easy to get stuck in a rut. To stick to what you know. To work from the same place all the time. To see the same people. To have the same routine. Day in day out. Week after week.

But I’ve learnt that if things begin to feel a bit stale or I feel stuck – it’s time for a change of scene.

Of course, it doesn’t have to mean jumping on a train for a 7 hour journey to visit another city. It could be a new cafe you’ve been thinking of trying, a day trip somewhere local that you’d like to take, or even just catching up with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while.

Whatever it is. Don’t put it off.

Give your brain a rest from the norm, allow it time to see new things and places…

With a bit of luck, you’ll be fighting ideas off in no time.

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Who is Alex Butler

Hello, I'm Alex Butler and I founded the KindredHQ community and blog back in 2011 after I re-started a freelance career. I LOVE freelancing and I wouldn't swop the freedom, control and joy of working for myself for anything. But I realised how much I missed the company and energy of other people - of having a team around me. So, I got a few people together one day with our laptops, a jar of coffee and some jelly babies and we sat and worked together one afternoon. We've been doing that every week in London, UK since then! I am still 100% freelance and I like to share the everyday highs and lows of being a freelancer here on the blog.

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