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Escaping a Life on Autopilot: Part 1

January 15, 2017

Escaping a Life on Autopilot: Part 1

January 15, 2017

Did Did DEscaping a life on autopilot

I can’t be the only person thinking this, but lately all my days seem to be exactly the same.

I wake up, get ready for work, catch the bus, work until 1pm, eat lunch, go back to work until 5pm, get the bus home, eat, watch Netflix and work on my own stuff at home until I am ready for bed around 11pm. Thrilling, right?

I know I am not doing it on purpose but lately my life is definitely stuck on autopilot, so much so days are going by faster than I ever imagined and I find it hard to pinpoint what has happened when because every day is the same.Β Hours (even days sometimes) can often go by and I will have no recollection of them at all.

It’s hard though, isn’t it? I have a job that I go to so I can just about afford to pay my bills, let alone do anything else exciting, so how can I possibly escape this autopilot feeling?

Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I don’t feel like I am repeating day after day. Times where I feel connected to myself and the world around me. Times where you’re in control and everything seems right?

Just before Christmas Penguin Lifestyle* sent me a book called Wake Up** by Chris Barez-Brown and after flicking through it I decided that started the 1st of January I was going to start from the beginning and work my way through. Essentially it’s a book with a years worth of activities and tasks to help you escape a life on autopilot and make everyday.

As it’s going to take a whole year to get through the book (providing I do the activities every single day) I thought I would do updates throughout the year, letting you know whether or not it’s working and if I feel as though I am breaking away from my daily routine.

So far I have completed the ‘Learn to Breathe’ and ‘Kill your TV’ activities and it’s already proving to be difficult to break habits.

I didn’t realise that I didn’t know how to breathe properly but the exercises in the book have made me see how I can improve my breathing, taking the time to ‘breathe well’ several timesa day.

As for killing my TV, well that was hard and I don’t think I’ll be doing it often. Netflix is often on as ‘background noise’ while I am blogging or doing freelance work, so although my TV is on I’m not really watching it. Going without it for the day didn’t make me feel any less ‘awake’ as I was still doing work on my laptop, something that will never change as I work hard both at work and home to get to where I want to be. That’s a part of my life I’d gladly never change πŸ˜‰

Obviously I haven’t had any lifechanging revelations, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how the activities in this book help me escape my autopilot lifestyle.

Kirsty Leanne




  • Justine January 16, 2017 at 12:03 am

    This is a really interesting post because I often refer to my own life in the same way. It’s scary really how quickly the weeks can go by and we’ve just done the same old thing every day. But like you say, with bills to pay we have no choice but to carry on. The beginning of this year I decided to set myself a few goals so that I can make some changes in my life. I’m trying to work hard at achieving each of them but I guess time will tell xx

    • Kirsty Leanne February 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

      It’s hard isn’t it, like a vicious circle of bills to pay? I hope one day I can find a balance of doing what I want and being able to pay the bills πŸ™‚

  • Aimee Cottle January 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    This sounds like a really interesting book! I can definitely relate to feeling like your life is on autopilot. I often lose weeks at a time to the same old routine! It’s hard to shake it up though, when you’ve not much money and you have to work to pay bills! I might pick this book up for myself, as it sounds really good. Be interesting to see if you find it helps you throughout the year, too!

    • Kirsty Leanne February 4, 2017 at 11:30 am

      I know you’ve already picked it up, so I hope you’re enjoying it Aimee πŸ™‚ x


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