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Are You on Autopilot?

Today, I purchased my lunch at Noodles , one of my favorite fast-but-good food restaurants. And I love how the one by my house is so 'green'. I get  preferred parking, right by the front door, because I drive a hybrid vehicle. And when I pay, they always ask me if I need a receipt. If I don't want one, they don't print one. I know it's small, but I like that they ask me.

Today, as my order was 'to go', my server asked if I needed plastic silverware and a napkin. I didn't and I made a very specific point to tell them how much I appreciated them asking me. I abhor waste of any kind, and oftentimes,  take out orders get a lot of 'extras' that really aren't needed. 

Shortly afterwards, my name was called, I gathered my bag and left. Upon my arrival at home, I was dismayed to find  - you guessed it - silverware and a napkin in my bag. I checked the instructions written on the bag label and it was clearly marked "Silverware - Yes".  

It got me thinking. The server was obviously used to adding silverware to almost every takeout order. And while she asked me if I wanted any , she never really listened to my answer. She was on remote control - my answer was irrelevant. She was going to proceed as she had dozens of time before.

How many of us are on autopilot? There are literally hundreds of things we do in our daily lives for which we don't give a second thought.  Work, family, friends....when is the last time we truly tried to really GIVE THOUGHT to all of our actions over the course of a day?

I'd like to ask you to do this for the next twenty four hours after you read this. And let me know if it makes a difference in the lives of those with whom you interact and with yourself. 

Looking forward to reading your responses.

Lisa T.

p.s. Many of you have asked me "Where have you been?" on MFI. Well, I took a much needed break. But I'm back. I hope you enjoy my future posts.

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Holy crap! I've missed this so much!!! Fantastic post. I think we're all guilty of this. Maybe a good idea would be to set little reminders for ourselves to pause and turnoff autopilot every now and then.

  Mark Juleen
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Great post! I agree... We are all guilty of this. I try to do things differently every now and then to feel less like I'm auto pilot.

Welcome back - we missed you

  Michelle
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OMG you are so right. I can't tell you how many times I have walked into my office in the morning and don't even remember driving to work! Or on my day off I accidently get on the exit ramp headed to work when I meant to go the opposite...

OMG you are so right. I can't tell you how many times I have walked into my office in the morning and don't even remember driving to work! Or on my day off I accidently get on the exit ramp headed to work when I meant to go the opposite direction! I like to so I love PM because no two days are the same, but there a things we do on a daily basis without even thinking about it. We could all stand to be a little more "present".

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  Stephani Fowler
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Great to hear you, again! Since i am no longer in the industry, i miss attending your seminars, as well as the Apartment All Stars, so this way, I can 'read' what you have to say! I was, definitely, on auto-pilot when i was Property...

Great to hear you, again! Since i am no longer in the industry, i miss attending your seminars, as well as the Apartment All Stars, so this way, I can 'read' what you have to say! I was, definitely, on auto-pilot when i was Property Manager...almost like a zombie, and it was very draining. I think we tend to become like that when we are busy, and forget the little things that are so important. Our thoughts are vital to our actions and they produce the results that we desire ONLY when we are conscious of them; not on 'auto-pilot.'

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  Julie DeMaegd
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Thank you for calling Woodlands Village Apartments we are unable to come to the phone at this time as we are out..

ah wait! sorry i was still on auto pilot..=P

  Crystal Finch
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I think the majority of people are on autopilot but there are many thinkers just like you and the staff at Noodles that think about every single step they take in their lives. I work for a green company (paperless leasing web-application) and we...

I think the majority of people are on autopilot but there are many thinkers just like you and the staff at Noodles that think about every single step they take in their lives. I work for a green company (paperless leasing web-application) and we thought that leasing agents won't adapt quickly to the new process. We were wrong! Thousands of people from the industry are searching for a solution of how to make their operations even greener, ... or cheaper or more convenient.
Obviously, the green incentive saves money, too. It's a win-win!

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  Jitka Sykora

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