Life is not about living on autopilot

Feb 23, 2022 | Wellness


Do you feel like you’re just going through the motions? Getting up every day knowing what’s coming next. Living by the same daily routine.

It’s great to have a routine. To know what you’re doing but not if it stops you from being present. And especially not if you’ve become numb to life.

Sure, there are jobs that are dull and boring but that shouldn’t be what makes up your whole life.

I know life can feel so much easy when you have a routine to follow. Knowing what to do and when, without really thinking. Instead, just doing it. And that’s when it happens.

That’s the point at which we can stop living life. Instead, we just go through the motions. We’ve gotten stuck into this routine, or what I often refer to as the treadmill of life, and then we don’t know how to break it.

Every day feels like groundhog day.

I do know how easy it is to have your life consumed by the to-do list. Or the feeling that your day is spent either picking up after others or focused on looking after others.

But that is not how life is meant to be.

Problem, autopilot

Life is about learning new things and giving yourself the opportunity to grow. It’s about having experiences, capturing never-to-forget moments, no matter the size, and having fun.

However, if we’re not careful and we continue to conform to the daily routine we’ve given ourselves, each day can start to feel the same.

The other thing is, I know as I’ve gotten older time seems to have gone a lot more quickly. Apparently, this feeling is simply down to living by a routine. Doing the same thing most days with little variation. No wonder it’s easy to get sucked into feeling like we’re just going through the motions.

Ideally, I would like to be able to stop time occasionally, especially as my kids are growing up far too quickly! So, whilst I’m waiting for someone to invent an impressive gadget that stops time, I’m having to rely on my own creativity to make life feel less like it’s speeding past me and more like I’m taking advantage of being present, which means sitting firmly in the driver’s seat of life.

It’s about worrying less about the things I must do and more about focusing on one thing at one time.

There are a few things that I do that enable me to live less on autopilot and be more present and if you choose to even the mundane can be enjoyable.

First Date

There can only be one first time. Or can there? What if you approached life with the same excitement as when it was the first time? Like a first date. How would that change how life felt?


Just remember why you’re doing something. The next time you are about to take on a task, just ask yourself, why am I doing this? If nothing else, it will get you thinking instead of just going through the motions.

Things to look forward to

It’s always good to have things to look forward to. They don’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. It just needs to be something that you’ll look forward to doing.

Plan your next big adventure

You will have your own definition of ‘adventure’. It doesn’t necessarily mean climbing Mount Everest. It can be as simple as exploring the area where you live. It doesn’t have to be tomorrow, it could be in 5 years’ time. Whatever you want. It’s your adventure. 


Take the time to go down memory lane and remember all the experiences you have already had. Whether it’s remembering those wonderful times or how you dealt with the challenging times and you’re still here to tell the tale. Feel those feelings, and use this to continue feeling instead of being on autopilot.

Life is what we make it. You do have the power to decide what it looks like. You just need to take that first small step that changes things and before you know it your actions will be bigger and life will be what you want it to be.

Are you ready to break out of your routine?


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