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Your Brain Is On Autopilot More Than You Think-Here's How To Wake It Up

The Monday Case

Google searches for 'Diet', 'Gym' 'Quit smoking' and other common goals spike on a Monday.

On Monday we are slightly more self-aware and can envision the bigger picture of our ongoing lives.

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Your Brain Is On Autopilot More Than You Think-Here's How To Wake It Up

Your Brain Is On Autopilot More Than You Think-Here's How To Wake It Up

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About Monday

Monday, the day office working people dread, may not be that bad.
Monday is a fresh start, a clean slate after the weekend. Our brains are better primed to make decisions on Monday.

The Monday Case

Google searches for 'Diet', 'Gym' 'Quit smoking' and other common goals spike on a Monday.

On Monday we are slightly more self-aware and can envision the bigger picture of our ongoing lives.

Out Of Auto-Pilot Mode

The first of the month, or the year, and the first day of the week make us stop and think whether we are headed the right way in our lives.

It draws a line in our ongoing life, marking an opportunity for us to improve how we are at home and work.

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Indecisive people suffer because they don’t know their inner values and what they care about.

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