Every one of us has a few bad habits. But before I get started, I thought I'd mention a habit that a director of IT I used to work for many years ago had. 95% or more of the time he'd do his work on his computer. But sometimes he'd have to fill out a form (and whatever else a director of IT does). If he made a mistake, he'd reach for his computer and hit control z (which for you Mac fans, is the Windows shortcut for "undo"). I guess he'd aquired some muscle memory and half the time, wasn't aware of what he was doing. We all thought this was pretty funny.
I thought I'd write about some of my own bad habits, in ascending order of "badness".
Number 1: Mail.
When I pick up my mail, I tend to place it in a couple of piles I have scattered in my apartment. I always tell myself that I'll sort it out later, which I only do every other blue moon. I think this started when I tried to put important stuff, like bills to pay, in one stack. Another stack would be for not so important stuff that I wanted to read. The final stack was for junk mail, destined for the trash bin. But somehow, things got all mixed up.
It used to be much worse when I got my mail from a post office box. I'd get the mail and toss it into the passenger seat of my car. This would turn into quite the mess before I finally dealt with it.
Don't get me wrong. I am not a hoarder, am just not well organized...
Number 2: Supermarket
I pull out my shopping list and head off to the aisle where the next item I need to buy is. But I've gotten into the habit of crossing the item off the list when I reach the aisle, before I get the item I need. Sometimes, I get distracted by something bright and shiny and completely forget about the item I need to buy. When I'm ready to check out, I see that everything is checked off and I'm good to go. It's only when I get home that I discover a couple of items missing.
I need to train myself to not check anything off my list until it is safely in my shopping cart.
Number 3: Work
I love Reese's peanut butter cups. When I'm ready to work, I absent-mindedly grab a handful of cups and a soda from the fridge (real healthy, right?).
I recently lost a lot of weight that I don't want to gain back. So I should start making a vegetable platter to snack on while I work (but the peanut butter cups are so tasty!).
Number 4: Losing Stuff
This is by far the worst of the lot. I am nearsighted. I can see quite well things a few feet from my face. So I take my glasses off when I want to read or need to get on the computer. The problem is that I set my glasses down without thinking about it and have to go searching when I need my glasses again. Same problem when I take a shower. The other day I misplaced my computer's mouse. I normally keep it with my computer (which I've also misplaced), but, for some reason, I set it on the floor next to my bed. After about 20 minutes, I finally found it under a couple of sheets of paper. I have no idea how that happened, though the paper was probably from one of the mail piles.
My computer is pretty small. One day I was getting ready to fire it up, but it wasn't in it's usual spot. I looked everywhere for it. But no joy. But suddenly I saw it, in plain sight, next to my bed, right where I'd lost my mouse. Glad no one was around to see how stupid I can be!
I used to have the same problem with my wallet and keys. I have wasted countless hours searching for these things. But I've trained myself to always put these things in the same place. Ah, if I could only get those lost hours spent searching back...
I live in a small apartment. You'd think it would be harder to lose things in a smaller space, but I can assure you that's not the case, at least not with me. I'm sure I could lose a battleship in a matchbook!