The autopilot trap
There are many moments in a typical day where we go about life in an autopilot mode. These moments are characterised by time passing without us realising it, or barely keeping track of the details of the tasks we are doing.
30% to 50% of a person’s waking hours are spent in an unconscious drifting state. While this state allows us to effectively spend mental resources (e.g. on a routine drive home), this state also results in the loss of time through mindless scrolling of social media.
Some mindful daydreaming offers the opportunity for self-introspection. However, not keeping track of it brings about excessive mind drifting, where one ends up losing time and not being able to complete tasks.
One’s sense of achievement and positive emotions are often linked to completing or taking action. So when you catch yourself going on autopilot mindlessly, pull yourself out of it and work on tasks that matter.
How to make the most of a job you dislike
Many people have aspects of their jobs that they dislike. If you can't love your job in its entirety, find elements of it that you can enjoy.
Not every job has the potential of being your dream job, where you’re driven by your true passion, but there are things to learn in every workplace. You can learn from the good experiences and the bad (e.g. what not to do in the future).
Changing your perspective towards your job and being mindful that it can be a training ground can improve your work experience. While you dislike the job, you can still feel great about a job well done.