The issue: I've overheard many singles say, "Oh, I'm in a dating rut." But, I'm not sure what that means. I'm not sure if it's an accurate statement that anyone other than a Sex and the City Character should ever say.
When I was single, dating was an adventure and yes you go on several dates and meet with the racists, the cheapskates, or even a republican or two--but it never felt like a rut.
The redirection: I'm sure at work you don't claim to have ruts when you have to work alongside the racist, the cheapskate or the republican--you just work around them. You can't go to your boss and say, I refuse to work with Andy, the project manager, because he has bad breath and he doesn't split the lunch tab equally. Unless you have a secret trust fund, you just shut the hell up, don't get too close to Andy's mouth and hold your breathe a lot--and strategically spill Altoids on Andy's desk.
The Fact: The reason people claim to be in a dating rut is that, they're stuck. And they're stuck on perfection. You're stuck in a cycle of bad dates. You're stuck on the idea of the perfect person. You're stuck on the perfect date. You're stuck on the perfect _________________(fill in the blank).
And it's okay.
You will get unstuck by keeping it going. Keeping YOU going. We've all been there--so why do YOU get to skip this part of dating? You don't. Welcome to stuck.
My advice: Don't "rut out" on dating; instead, just work around it--the great part is that you never have to date them again--don't you wish that were the same case with your coworkers?