Wednesday, January 26, 2022

"Don't Live on Autopilot"

"Don't live on Autopilot" is a phrase I heard recently that made me realized that I was living on auto pilot ever since this pandemic began. While simplify some aspect of our lives is necessary, as to reduce the chances of spreading this virus, it doesn't mean that it should be to the point where we basically just eat/work/sleep which, admittedly, is all I've been doing for the past 2 year.
What this means, in reality, is that I haven't gotten out of my comfort zone much and this is something that definitely needs to changes as the only time we grow is when we're outside of our comfort zone.

Shake things up!

So what can be done about this?
  • Learn a new skill - Now could a perfect opportunity to sharpen existing skill or learn a new one entirely.
  • Change job/career - Covid changed the work landscape which, to some, may not of been for the better. Maybe it's time to start looking for a new job or change career entirely?
  • Re-connect with friends and family - Join a new forum, start a chat with an old acquaintance on social media, expand your network of contacts.
  • Embellish your living space - Is it time to renovate your home? Do you need new furniture?
  • Visit your area - Pretend you're on a holiday in your area and go places you've never gone before (while respecting the restrictions).
  • Prepare a gift for someone - Is there a holiday coming up? Is there a birthday? It's never too soon to start preparing gifts.
  • Try a new restaurant - You may not be able to sit in a new restaurant but many still offer takeout options.
  • Exercise/eat better - Some of us used to workout quite regularly prior to the pandemic. Now may be the time to jump back into it or look into it for the first time.
Those are but a few ideas that could get someone's life out of an autopilot period. Note that I didn't mention things like "watch a new series" as I think we can all agree that entertainment kind of adds to this problem rather than fix it. 

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