Signs You’re Living on Autopilot & How to Take Control
Do you often unrealize what activities you have done every day, or forget what happened during the trip to the office? Maybe you are living life on autopilot. What’s that?
Autopilot mode is a condition when a person completes daily routines based on habits until they are embedded in the subconscious mind. It can be said, all activities are carried out without full awareness and rely more on instinct. This is because everyday life is getting busier, so our brains will tend to use the default autopilot mode.
Living on an autopilot doesn’t necessarily have a negative effect. But this makes a person feel not ‘whole’ in living their life. This condition can also trigger a decrease in quality of life and productivity due to boredom on the same activities. Here are some ways you can do to disable your autopilot mode:
1. Practice Mindfulness
By definition, this term refers to being fully aware of one’s surroundings — including current feelings, thoughts, and sensations. A mindfulness lifestyle can be practiced by starting to breathe in and breathing out to relax your mind.
2. Set Boundaries
Setting boundaries with those around us doesn’t mean that we’re not care. Instead, this is a step to give your boundaries, distance, space, and privacy to others. Setting boundaries will make you dare to say whether you like or dislike something, and accept or reject something beyond our capabilities.
Self-evaluation allows us to know what stage we are at, what to maintain, and what to improve. Through self-evaluation, you can also re-correct the life goals you want to achieve and arrange short-term steps. You can start by noticing what has been achieved in the past year, and what you want to achieve in the future.
So, have you dared to step out of your comfort zone and turn off your autopilot mode?