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How to reduce the time we spend on autopilot to live a more intentional and fulfilling life?

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

How much of our behaviour (how we think, what we say, and what we do) is habitual?

10%

25%

39%

More than 40%


Studies by neurobiologists, cognitive psychologists and others indicate that between 40 to 95 percent of human behaviour (how we think, what we say, and what we do) falls into the habit category. If we take a conservative estimate of 50 percent, we are on autopilot half of the time.


Our autopilot mode serves a purpose: it enables us to carry out our daily routine and repetitive tasks such as brushing our teeth, showering, and driving a familiar route without conscious thought, and without expending too much mental energy. Autopilot allows us to conserve our resources for more complex tasks.


However, living on autopilot can lead to a sense of disconnection from ones’ life and surroundings, it can also cause us to ignore personal needs and emotions leading to stress, burnout and a lack of fulfilment. It can also hinder personal growth and development by keeping individuals in a fixed routine and preventing them from exploring new opportunities and experiences.



If you want to spend less time on autopilot and live a more intentional, healthier, and more fulfilling life, here are some tips that can help you to achieve that.



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