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How To Not Be On Autopilot?

Updated: Sep 10

Majority of activities in a day consist of spending time living on autopilot. Autopilot is a term used to describe activities that revolve on repetitive chores and tasks that must be completed every day. It does not necessitate much thinking as the tasks are repetitive. When someone becomes proficient in a task, they no longer need to learn anything new or exert any additional effort to complete it. It comes naturally and without effort.

The drawback associated with living on autopilot is that it diminishes the ability to think. A person living in an autopilot mode can be compared to a protocol droid, which flawlessly executes tasks that have previously been programmed into it. When thinking that includes problem solving, creative thinking, and collaboration has been removed, it is easy to lapse into an autopilot state, making life very passive. Living passively itself can bring hoards of physiological and emotional problems into one’s life.

In order to avoid problems associated with autopilot, following are important recommendations to be followed:

  1. Keep track of your actions throughout the day. If you are committed to improving yourself, record them in a diary. Then work towards changing the patterns.

  2. Identify the tasks and behaviours associated that are repetitive and monotonous.

  3. Determine what you can do to make tasks more engaging or stimulate your interest as to why it should be done every day. Second, while executing the work, especially if it is recurrent, use your thoughts to examine the tasks and responsibilities that are on your mind for the day and plan it out.

  4. Refrain from allowing the same thoughts to run through your mind that can keep you from working on new and creative ideas.

  5. Be clear about the goal you desire to achieve in the next few days, months or years and continue working on it.

  6. Learn and implement your new ideas pertaining to your goal to ensure you are not slipping into making your life rustic.

  7. Be open to new experiences. Being adaptable is the key to letting go of living on autopilot.

  8. Find different ways to work on the same task. For instance, while working on a presentation, change the way it is presented to make it more compelling.

The best way to exit autopilot mode of living is to observe and make amendments in your life that causes the dopamine and adrenaline levels to rise. This would enable you to live longer and lead a healthier-happy life.

At Parenting Absolute, our trained coaches understand your individual concerns that are unique to you and are here to assist you in becoming victorious. We therefore encourage you to schedule your appointment with the experts who can positively help you transform.


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