What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do (12 Things)

At some point in our lives, we have all asked ourselves the question “what am I doing with my life?”. With all the problems and challenges that life has to throw at us, it’s still important that we know how to stand up and continue with our lives. 

When you don’t know what to do next, just remember that there are people who have also gone through the same problem before and have surpassed these challenges.

Remember that you can do several things that will help you know the next step that you should do to come back stronger in your life.

In this article, we will show you the different things that you can do so that you can continue with your life.

12 Things To Do To Help You Know What to Do in Life

12 Things to Do to Help You Know What to Do in Life

1. Understand That It’s Okay If You Don’t Figure Out the Future

Ever since we were kids, we were always asked, “What do you want to be when you get older?”. Because of this type of question, we were unconsciously forced to always think ahead of our time.

But when we get older and face the problems of the world all on our own, we are then taken aback by how to deal with the situations around us. 

During this time, it’s important to remember that it’s okay if you don’t figure out everything that might and should happen to you in the future.

Enjoy what you have in the present, think about the current problems that you have and not the things that might happen.

When you do this, you will find more joy and satisfaction in what is around you even more.

2. Focus on Your Values

When life gets hard and we start to doubt our chosen dreams and passion, it’s always important to remember to go back to our values because this will keep us straight and help us continue in our path.

3. Go With Life’s Uncertainties

Even though we think we’ve got it all planned out for our lives, something will happen that will drastically change everything that we have hoped and wished for.

When this happens to you, stop and think for a moment about what you’re experiencing and what you can do to overcome it. 

With all the uncertainties in our lives, we should know how to adaptable and learn how we can look for opportunities around it.

4. Be Comfortable with the Discomforts in Life

Not everyone has the same luck in life. In most cases, we are forced to adapt to the current situations of our lives.

There are points in our lives when we don’t have enough money to get all the things that we want to have.

When life starts to become uncomfortable, it’s important to sacrifice a couple of things for us to achieve our goals and everyday needs.

Remember to sacrifice the things that you are willing to lose, but do not let go of the more important things in life which are your passion and dreams.

5. Ask Yourself Questions

With all the noises of this world, we should learn to listen to ourselves. Taking some time off to get away from the environment around us is important for us to meditate and plan.

Ask yourself both the small and big questions that you have about yourself and the situation around you.

Write down the things that bother you and your plan on how to resolve them. Learn how to quiet your mind and dream big.

6. Stop Procrastinating and Overcome Your Distractions

One of the biggest problems of the people in this society is that we tend to feed our distractions and spend most of our time procrastinating on our dreams and hopes.

For you to achieve your goals faster, you need to learn how to control your mind and emotions. Once you do this, you will achieve greater heights because you can spend your time wisely.

Take the first step by stopping yourself from scrolling through social media and your TV. Start writing a journal or a to-do list and navigate your way through these lists.

With this technique, you will notice that you’re more focused on what you have written rather than scrolling.

7. Trust Your Gut

There’s a certain point in our life where we are faced with difficult choices.

If you’re now sure on what to do, the first instinct that you should follow is your gut because it will tell you what you want to do in the situation that you are in.

8. Save Up Some Money

We all know that money cannot buy happiness, but it can buy all the material things that you need and want in this life.

If you have a dream or passion but are short on money, then you need to start saving up your allowance or get a job to sustain your needs and achieve your goals faster.

9. Shadow Someone

They say that having the right mentor can make or break your future. If you are sure about your dreams and aspirations in life, go find someone who is successful in the industry that you want to enter.

Ask professionals if you can volunteer or shadow them to help them and learn a few things on how they work.

Build up your connection, continue learning with your mentors, and get a first-hand experience of the dreams that you want to pursue.

10. Get a Second Opinion

We all doubt ourselves sometimes and that is natural. When we are unsure of what to do next, you can always ask a friend, family, or a mentor on what you should do next.

Taking a new opinion gives us a new perspective and see things differently.

11. Answer the Door

There are many instances in our lives when opportunity has knocked on our doors, but we have failed to open it.

Learn to see all the opportunities around you. Just like what Ann Landers said, “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” 

Opportunities are scattered everywhere. We just need to learn how to see it, grab it, and use it to our advantage.

12. Sleep On It

Lastly, if you don’t know what to do in your life, sleep on it. Sometimes, all the stress, drama, and problems are too much for us to handle and sleeping on it can help us calm our minds and give us a fresh start the next morning.

By the next day, you will realize that you are more focused and can see things in a new perspective.


What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

Not knowing what to do in our lives is completely normal. If you’re going through this now, read back what we’ve enumerated above and try some of these things out.

There may be some items that do not apply to you, but rest assured that this will help you to get through your life.

Joe Davies