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Today’s motivational nudge : Gently step away from autopilot mode

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I want to be more intentional about my time as we all embark on the new year’s journey in 2023.

This makes me wonder: what is it that takes us away from being clear, purposeful, and intentional with how we spend our very precious time?

I think some of it is the habits we fall into that are easy and comfortable, yet not necessarily the wisest use of our time. This could be the habitual watching of shows on autopilot or mindlessly scrolling through social media at different points during the day.

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This can even include getting immersed in “constant busy mode,” where we rush around trying to get all of our busy work done without taking a few moments to step back, look at the big picture, and focus on what truly matters.

While getting some things done in autopilot mode can be useful, just the simple act of taking the time to become aware of when we’re allowing that mindset to completely take over can give that much needed push to be more purposeful and conscious of how we’re spending our time.

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Today’s motivational nudge is: Take time during each day to check-in with yourself and ask the question, “Am I in auto-pilot mode, do I need to step back and use this time in a more meaningful way?

If the answer to the question is a resounding “yes,” gently step away from what you were doing, breathe, regroup, and be intentional about what you decide to do next.

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How is the beginning of 2023 going for you? What are you looking forward to doing in 2023?

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Have a great week!


9 thoughts on “Today’s motivational nudge : Gently step away from autopilot mode

  1. This is useful advice, especially for me. I lost my mom on New Year’s Day. I stayed busy at visiting my adult kids. Now I’m in a reflective mood, wanting to get rid of the mindless things I fill my days with.

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    1. Those mindless things can really add up for me as well so it is good to step back sometimes..I’m so sorry about your mom – wishing you and your family peace and a lot of strength as you go through this time.

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  2. Love this – and especially the guidance, to take a step back, breathe, regroup and move forward with intention. The question for me isn’t IF I’m going to go on auto-pilot but how to return from it and do better. Thanks for the great nudge!

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  3. What a timely reminder. I do have this tendency to just coast through my days, and it’s annoying every time bedtime rolls around and I feel like yet another day’s gone down the crapper. Thanks for this post!

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  4. Great reminder! I am also trying to be more intentional and mindful of my time this year, but it’s definitely hard and I often fall into the trap of “autopilot mode”. The only time when I actually aim to be on autopilot is when doing chores: I try not to give myself the time to think too much about it, or else the laziness kicks in!

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