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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. 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 😉
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.