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Feel like your life is a hamster wheel? Here’s how to get off it

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Have you ever woken up from your work-gym-sleep slumber and realized that every day looks the same? Have you looked back for the past five years and realized that nothing about it has changed?

When you enter the working world, it’s all too easy to fall into the Mundanity Trap: Your entire schedule, from your breakfast choice to your nightly TV show, mirrors that of the day before. Sure, there are many proven health benefits of following daily routines–it’s how we stay productive and get things done. But when you’re not conscious about what you’re acting on, it often results in a passionless, unfulfilling life.

Sadly, falling into the Mundanity Trap isn’t reserved for an unlucky few. A Gallup study showed that over two-thirds of Americans admit that they are not passionate about their jobs, even though we spend a lot of time at work compared to many other developed nations. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average commute time to work is 25.5 minutes one way, which means that Americans are spending over 100 hours commuting a year. In 2017 watching TV accounted for 2.8 hours of leisure time, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey.

With these statistics, it’s not surprising that many of us feel like our lives are spinning on a hamster wheel. And as a conscious-decision-making coach, it’s my job to help my clients think more deeply about their own version of the Mundanity Trap. We work through questions like: When was........

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