Plan your life; live your plan. Set goals for yourself; follow through with them.
Davening by rote is nothing less than selling yourself short. HASHEM and only HASHEM has the power to provide you with whatever you want or need. So why rush through davening in one big mumble?
The trick to planning your life effectively is in when you plan it. First and foremost, you have to understand yourself.
With humor and apt mashalim, this first of a three-part Shmuz is just the thing to put life back into your davening.