The 13 Ways to End Autopilot Cycle Rut and Help Personal Development

by DerdriuMarriner

An article in Yoga Journal’s 2016-released online and print editions lists 13 ways to end autopilot cycle rut and jumpstart creative personal development.

End Autopilot Cycle Rut to Alter Confining Lifestyles

There are 13 wise ways to end autopilot cycle rut and to turn the ensuing creativity into personal development and professional success, according to 2016-released online and print articles by Yoga Journal.

Personal development and professional creativity benefit from diversifying daily routines and escaping comfort zones, according to Sally Wadyka, article author and freelance editor in Boulder, Colorado. They come during conscientious meditation and from lucid yoga as well as in new endeavors and through unexpected ventures that challenge usual behavior and thought patterns.

The first step from predictability into creativity depends upon becoming productive by taking risks, despite the anxiety that changes generate and the depression that routines inspire. Theo Tsaousides, author of Brainblocks: Overcoming the 7 Hidden Barriers of Success, explains that imagining different outcomes to challenges and opportunities beats dreading one worst-case scenario.


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Yoga Journal's June's issue includes Sally Wadyka's article about shaking things up.

cover of Yoga Journal's June 2016 issue
cover of Yoga Journal's June 2016 issue

End Autopilot Cycle Rut to Freshen Daily Experiences


Five of 10 ways to end autopilot cycle rut and to jumpstart creative personal development and professional success frame interactions, self-concepts and worldviews away from stereotypes.

The second way gives rules the role of exceptions since habitually low self-esteem and negative self-analysis can be reversed and since behaviors and thoughts represent choices. The third way handles the daunting solitary confinement, advocated by French seventeenth-century philosopher Blaise Pascal, of time spent alone, introspectively and quietly, despite bustling, daily intrusions. The fourth way indicates that big shifts build upon slow, small, steady changes so that the different scenery along differing travel routes prefaces extended stays abroad.

Comfort joins discomfort in the fifth way, whereby the journey of a thousand miles begins with that difficult first step into something different, novel or unusual.


"Shake Up Your Routine: How to Break the Autopilot Cycle" by Sally Wadyka
"Shake Up Your Routine: How to Break the Autopilot Cycle" by Sally Wadyka

End Autopilot Cycle Rut to Kindle Divergent Thinking


The sixth of 10 ways to end autopilot cycle rut kicks “What is serving me and what’s not?” into or out of emotional and mental baggage. It lets in “What’s helping me break free of my negative samskaras and strengthen the positive” perspectives and reactions so that what is counterproductive gets jettisoned. The last seven ways manage the leap from emotionally and mentally replacing counter-productivity with productivity toward activities that spur creative personal development and innovative professional success. The seventh way notes the refreshed circulation and the refreshing insights from going for a walk in the park or taking a stroll through the neighborhood.

Mindfulness of sensations and of thoughts that arise during a head-to-toes meditative self-scanning session optimizes divergent thinking of multiple solutions to personal challenges and professional crises.


image from Sally Wadyka's article in Yoga Journal
image from Sally Wadyka's article in Yoga Journal

End Autopilot Cycle Rut to Perceive Life’s Opportunities


The amino acid tyrosine’s abundance in fruits, seeds and soy promotes concentration and creativity, according to the ninth of 10 ways to end autopilot cycle rut.

Completing more boring assignments before more innovative tasks and doodling to relieve boredom quicken creativity, focus and memory, according to the 10th and the 13th ways. The 11th way respects the innovations and the inventions, the self-awareness and the worldviews that emerge from travel, particularly when itineraries promote immersions in local cultures. The 12th way suggests that creative personal development and professional success flourish more extensively and more quickly in messier work spaces than under neater working conditions.

Meditations on exhaling and inhaling illumination and 13 makeovers, published through the Active Interest Media chaired by Efrem Zimbalist III, transform counter-productivity and under-productivity into productivity.


Sally Wadyka notes the meditation-creativity connection in her rut-busting article, "Shake Things Up," in Yoga Journal's June issue.

Yoga Journal's Live Be Yoga Your launched in 2016.
Yoga Journal's Live Be Yoga Your launched in 2016.



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Sally Wadyka's "Shake It Up" notes a quick, mindful body scan as a creativity inducer, problem solver and relaxer.

Sianna Sherman's A Creative Sequence to Help You Navigate Tough Emotions, Yoga Journal, March 17, 2016
Sianna Sherman's A Creative Sequence to Help You Navigate Tough Emotions, Yoga Journal, March 17, 2016

Sources Consulted


Wadyka, Sally. June 2016. “Shake Things Up: 13 Wise Ways to Break Out of a Rut.” Yoga Journal.

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Wadyka, Sally. 29 April 2016. “Shake Up Your Routine: How to Break the Autopilot Cycle.” Yoga Journal.


Sally Wadyka, author of Yoga Journal's June article, "Shake Things Up," notes for her Twitter profile picture caption:

"I love writing about health, nutrition, wellness and beauty--and sometimes I even practice what I preach!"
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Sally Wadyka's Twitter profile picture
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the end which is also the beginning

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Updated: 01/10/2022, DerdriuMarriner
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DerdriuMarriner on 12/04/2019

WriterArtist, Thank you for the insights into creativity and routine. In particular, I like your observation that routines that are necessary do not encourage creativity but may encourage awareness and therefore meditation.
My comment below to Mira mentions vipassana in the context of the excellent online course from Andrew Quernmore's Vipassana Fellowship. I recognize the reference to your two fine Vipassana-related articles since I read, and voted on, them as well as all of your wizzleys.
This past year I read all of the articles on the German Wizzley, known as Pagewizz, and almost all -- I have I think five or six contributors left to read -- on Wizzley. Your articles, especially those on Vipassana, stand out for me.

WriterArtist on 12/04/2019

Anything that becomes routine does not encourage creativity. Some things of course should be done as a part of routine. Cleaning, bathing, brushing your teeth and eating etc. But you can do this with awareness too, if you do so it becomes meditation.

Vipassana is not an online course. I have dedicated 2 articles on Vipassana, it is discovering yourself. So many impurities are filled in oneself, one gets to see that deep down.

Yoga is a part of life for many Indians. Pure Yoga taught in the tradition of Patanjali is discovering your body and becoming healthy. Nowadays, people are mixing and ruining it. Both East and West are engaged in this. Same is the case with Vipassana, these things need to remain pure and original.

I agree with you on personal development to end autopilot, but certain things should be preserved for authenticity. Once they are commercialized, the benefits end there.

Mira on 07/09/2019

Thank you for this!

DerdriuMarriner on 07/08/2019

Mira, Thank you for the visit.
Part of an excellent online course, through Andrew Quernmore, on insight vipassana meditation involved starting at the head and moving down to the feet, meditating about whatever comes up along the way. I also refer to Donna Eden's energy medicine techniques.

Mira on 07/08/2019

I should do body scans too. Are you referring to those where you relax different parts of the body? I've tried it but can't really do it. But will try it again.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/05/2019

Mira, Thank you for the revisit. Yes, I do. It's great along with insight meditation body scans.

Mira on 07/05/2019

I came back to this article and found new useful things in it :) I wish I could do yoga. What about you? Do you do yoga?

Mira on 07/28/2018

Thank you, Derdriu. I will try to do that. There are wonderful alleys and patches of vegetations even downtown.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/27/2018

Mira, Thank you! It would be interesting to read a write-up on one of your altered routes since you always find the exact phrases for experiencing your reactions (to paraphrase Fernando Pessoa) and since you always have such beautiful images.

Mira on 07/01/2018

This is interesting. I try to vary my routes through the city but sometimes it's difficult. I keep telling myself I should take the subway and walk in various neighborhoods, but I don't do that unless there's a reason for me to be there. But there would be so much to discover: farmer's markets, new malls, new vegetation, different parks, and so on. Thanks for reminding me. I'll try to make some changes :)

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