I know what you mean. To me, mundane life seemed like a distraction from what was really important, of real value and significance. Until I spoke with a mentor of mine about this. He gave me some insights that changed my perspective on that. What he told me changed my perspective in such a way, that I started to see the mundane, daily routines as a training ground for my spiritual capabilities. As you know, spiritual ascent takes discipline and self-control, so I started seeing the curriculum of my courses as a training in discipline and self control. Daily frustrations, I started seeing as a testing ground for my level of non-attachment. And boring tasks I had to do became
tests for the level of my willpower. Any task, no matter how unnecessary or repetetive, can be turned into a spiritual practice, a meditation. When I was still at university, I used to have quite boring jobs with very monotonous things to do. So I meditated on a mantra, eyes opened, my hands busy, but my mind was very far away. Also, seeing how these mantras change your perception and reality around you is quite fascinating. Bottom line, what I’m trying to say is, that anything can be turned into some sort of spiritual training, so daily life doesn’t have to be a “waste” of time. And in case of a boring job, you’d even get paid meditating and training your mind.