Ís it correct to say,"to live just because" instead of "to live just by doing" in order to give to understand that somebody does something just by routine, without any willpower?

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I think that the idiom "in a rut" deserves your closer attention as it seems to respond to your request very well.

The noun rut literally means a track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage, and figuratively — a usual or fixed practice; a monotonous routine.

So figuratively, "in a rut" means "in a type of boring habitual behavior" ("as when the wheels of a buggy travel in the ruts worn into the ground by other buggies making it easiest to go exactly the way all the other buggies have gone before" [cited from the same source]).

Typically it is used in the expressions:

Be (also be sucked )in a rut meaning to do the same things all the time so that you become bored, or to be in a situation where it is impossible to make progress

My job bores me—I feel I'm in a rut.

David felt like he was stuck in a rut, so he went back to school.

Get in(to) a rut meaning to become seemingly trapped or stuck in a mundane, non-changing pattern of life, work, and/or personal behave:

I got into a rut, cooking the same things week after week.

We're getting in a rut — let's move abroad for the summer and shake things up!


get out of a rut meaning the opposite:

Moving to San Francisco gave her the chance to get out of a rut.


The normal idioms for that are:

To be in a rut (noun definition 2)

a usual or fixed practice; especially a monotonous routine "fall easily into a conversational rut"

To do things by rote (or by rote habit) (definiton 2)

mechanical or unthinking routine or repetition "a joyless sense of order, rote, and commercial hustle" — L. L. King

You might also see, a little more metaphorical, "To be running on autopilot"

"To live just because" isn't an idiom, and to me indicates a more happy or care-free sense than I think you're trying to convey.

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