4 Steps To Turn Frustration Into Progress

Is the lockdown making you feel frustrated? Trapped? Blocked? Unable to progress? You’re not alone. 

It can be frustrating not being able to go about your daily life as you want. And at the moment, there’s very little we can do about it. However, we’ve got 4 lockdown steps you can take which may help you feel less frustrated and ready to focus on moving forward. 

Ready to turn frustration into progress? 

Step 1: Identify and write down your blockers. 

For example, your list may include one or more of the following: 

  • I can’t keep fit during the lockdown. 
  • I can’t control my temper during the lockdown. 
  • I can’t stay focused during the lockdown. 
  • I can’t see my parents or other family members during the lockdown. 
  • I can’t meditate during the lockdown.
  • I can’t get any privacy during the lockdown. 

Step 2: Pinpoint the exact reasons why your blockers exist. 

For example: 

  • I can’t keep fit during the lockdown because I can’t go outside.
  • I can’t control my temper during the lockdown because my flat is so small with too many people in it.
  • I can’t stay focused during the lockdown because I get sent so many funny memes and messages from friends.
  • I can’t see my parents or other family members during the lockdown because we have to distance ourselves from them.
  • I can’t meditate during the lockdown because my mind is on other things.
  • I can’t get any privacy during the lockdown because my flatmate is so noisy and interfering. 

Step 3: Go through your step 2 blocker list and think of easy ways to solve them and turn them into progress goals. 

For example: 

  • I’ll do 30 minutes of exercise a day. 
  • I will take myself away when I feel I’m losing my temper and play a game like Peak – Brain Training, read a book, watch a comedy or sit with myself for 10 minutes.
  • I’ll only look at my phone once every 3 hours and spend 10 minutes on it each time. 
  • I’ll make sure to book in focused time with family members I can’t see, using video calls without other distractions. 
  • I’ll start meditating in bed as part of my morning routine, by turning on a YouTube or other meditation video whilst slowly waking up. 
  • I’ll chat to my flatmate about their noise pollution diplomatically and make them aware it’s too much for me.

Step 4: Rewrite your blockers from step 1 so they’re positive and actionable. 

For example: 

  • I can keep fit during the lockdown by doing a 30 minutes video workout each day. 
  • I can control my temper during the lockdown by calming myself down on my own.
  • I can stay focused during the lockdown by looking at my phone every 3+ hours.
  • I can see my parents or other family members during the lockdown via focused video calls.
  • I can meditate during the lockdown if I weave it into my morning wake up routine.
  • I can get privacy during the lockdown by talking openly and honestly with the people I live with. 

These 4 simple steps to turn frustration into progress only take a small amount of effort and yet they can yield a big result. Try it today. We dare you.

Maisie Bygraves

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