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Slam Dunk that Funk: Busting Out of a Rut with Random Ideas

Updated on March 12, 2014

When you wake up in the same bed, eating that same oatmeal with your same clothes and same people, do you feel you are stuck? I like having a routine, but I don’t like being in a rut. When I’m in a rut, I just want to scream and get out. Obviously when I say rut I mean like a boring routine or a funk. Routine is a predictable activity you HAVE to do, while a rut is when your free time activities along with your must-dos activity are all the same. Ruts are when the routine no longer benefits you. Predictable series of activities that makes it seem to be impossible to make progress.

Bust out of your rut or just invigorate your “good” life with some random little ideas. My Master's education just reminds me that being challenged and facing new tasks contributes greatly to happiness. Finding a balance between being too stressed and being too vapid is important. My wacky ideas should help either way. I try to just not be scared of trying something new. Barney Stinson would say “New is always better.” So, try something new. When I’m feeling a little trapped in a box, I think outside the box. (See what I did there? Nice.) When you see a fork in the road, go straight. Unconventional is funny, witty, and insightful.

Young children are always having unabashed fun. Why can’t we keep our childhood wonderment? We worry so much about what other people will think of us. People judgingly watching you do fun things are just jealous they don’t have the confidence to do the same thing as you. I live by the motto that if you do anything with even confidence, no one will question you. Alright, let me jump into some ideas with food, life, activities, funny stuff, health, and hopefully some pertinent selections from people who comment.

#1 Peanut Butter Waffles

Starting with something simple. Take some frozen waffles, put some peanut butter on it and throw it in the microwave or toaster. You can eat it like a taco or with a fork and knife. Basically, you are replacing the syrup with peanut butter. Warm, gooey peanut butter climbs into the crevasses and makes it their home until you come along and nom nom nom. If you have done this before, then I don’t really know. I promise to come up with something next time that is crazier. Some people out there stay in the straight and narrow with their food selections. A great way of changing things up is to try a new food every day. About 97% of the time, it will be tasty. Fear is the only barrier that holds you back.

#2 Brushing Teeth with Non-Dominant Hand

I didn’t realize how hard it is to do mundane tasks with my non-dominate hand. It makes me scared that if I lose my right hand, I might just call it quits or live as a useless member of society. At least I won’t be getting cavities after reaching into that wood-chipper and getting the new fitting nickname “Stumpy.” Doing an old task in a new way also builds new neural connections aka making your brain work better. Try it out. You might get a quick laugh to yourself... or it could be the life-saving choice you made when tragedy strikes you and your hand.

#3 Write Down Jokes You Hear Each Day Then Reminisce

I hear so many jokes some days that are hilarious, then I completely forget. We forget jokes because they aren’t important. I’m here to say that they are more important than many of the other piles of feces we pile up in our brain. After a hearty laugh, write down what was so funny. I did this and when I went back over everything, it was as funny as when it happened. It also helps create more reoccurring inside jokes, which are the best kinds of jokes. When you sit down and revisit the funniest moments of the day, week, month, or even your year, the overflow of humor becomes a bubbling volcano, which will undoubtedly erupt. If you are wondering, yes that was a Friends reference before.

#4 Facial Mask

Hi guys out there who aren’t as up on their metrosexual side. Doing a face mask can be relaxing and great for your skin. Doing something out of your comfort zone is the whole point of the activities to get you busting out of your rut. Make sure no one catches you because you will be super-duper embarrassed. Just kidding. Who cares? Take care of yourself. You never know what you will like until you do it. If I can put a picture up on the Internet for everyone to see, you can do it in the privacy of your own home. You can do one that warms your face, tingles, or clears your pores. If you don’t have a female in the house with it lying around and don’t want to go buy something, you can use egg whites.

#5 Get in Touch with an Old Friend

If you are like me (or like everyone else), you have great friends who haven’t stayed in touch. Too bad we don’t have a magically device that would let us talk to those people instantly. Where is my head? Yes, we do. It is great to hear from an old friend. The reason we don’t call is because we don’t want to make the first move. It doesn’t make any sense. Both parties want to have an interaction, but neither person will initiate the conversation.

Mamihlapinatapai is a word that is quoted as the most succinct word in the English language. Basically, it refers to the action when two person look at each other and want to have an interaction, but neither one wants to make the first move. I’ve had this happen, but why? Are we so fearful of rejection that we can’t even get in touch with an old friend just to chat about what is going on with each other? We have all the ability we need to get in touch with this old friend. Maybe it will lead to something and maybe it won’t, but all that matters is that you have tried. Remember the happiness you used to have together? You can have a taste of that again.

Those are 5 less-than-weird ideas that might help you out of a rut or just be interesting things to try if you are bored or hungry for something new. I started with mostly ideas that you can do without anyone seeing you doing weird things. I’m scared you will think I’m too weird if I come on too strong. Let’s start with easy ideas. A few minutes of alone time are all you need. There will be a progression towards more conspicuous and auspicious acts of your new found ludicrous displays of out of the box thinking. If you are not changing for the better, you are changing for the worse. These ideas might not turn your life around, but they might give you a chuckle or help you through a hard time. This article will hopefully become a series where I will come up with 5 or so new things every week. Stay tuned and suggest things for future lists. Life is more fun outside the box.

© 2014 Phil Buches


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      Melodie 4 years ago

      Great article, Phil! I love your sense of humor and your positive outlook. Looking forward to seeing 'what's next' from Phil's corner of the world.