Does life just happen to you? Or do you make life happen?
Imagine if you just drove home from work. You step out of your vehicle, and I ask how your trip was. You probably won’t remember how many times you switched lanes or stopped at a traffic light, right? Butt you got home safe regardless.
When we live on autopilot,it feels like someone else us driving, not us.
Our brains have developed an unconscious decision-making system so we can take care of routine tasks. It prevents us from overloading. However, modern life has hi-jacked our lives-the mechanism that is supposed to protect us is disengaging us from living.
Ninety-six percent of people in America admit to making most decisions on autopilot, according to this research has become an epidemic. Our minds are wandering most of the time.
We are living on autopilot in the place where we need to pay attention: our homes. People make decisions such as what to eat, what to watch on TV, or what to wear-without putting in any thinking.
In one study contributes say “were forgetting that when we are at home, the important things that are to interact with family and friends, without being constantly distracted.
Most people cannot remember what they watched on TV and additional research shows the binge-watching diminishes monody and perceived comprehension.
What about you?
Here are the signs you are living on autopilot:
Your routine is predictable
Your calendar is so full of repetitive activity, and you follow your plan without thinking. There no room for improvisation or last-minute changes.
You are pleasing others
You let other people’s expectations define your choices. You are not paying attention to want or need.
You are always on.
You ever pause to reflect on how you are feeling or what you are doing. You are busy, distracted, or both.
You feel time flies
You can’t remember what you did throughout the day. You feel guilty, like you haven’t accomplished much.
You believe you are missing out
You know you can have more joy, but you can’t help wandering around.
Living on autopilot disengages us from both or present a dour future.
Autopilot Is Not The Only Driving Option
Living on autopilot means leaning towards the most comfortable thinking mode. But we have two, we must learn to use both.
Though system 1 and 2 have been around quite some time, in the book Thinking, Fast and Slow that is mainstreamed,
System 1 is an automatic, fast, and unconscious way of thinking-its our autopilot. This system is autonomous and efficient, though deceiving too, it more prone to bias and repetitive errors.
System 2 is slow, conscious, and effortful-it requires attention and energy. It’s more reliable and can filter the misjudgments of system 1.
The Brain is lay-that’s why it learns towards System 1. We must be aware and train our mind to avoid living on autopilot.
It’s not that is better than the other-the secret lies in using them both in a balanced way.
System 1 is ideal for quick decisions based on little information. When you are driving your vehicle or doing the laundry, you don’t need to overthink. However, you wouldn’t use it to make more significant life choices, like you career, which home to buy, or who to marry.
System 1 is ideal for handling more complex mental activities m such as logical reasoning, managing interpersonal relationships, learning new things, and building habits. It can help you turn off the autopilot.