June 6, 2001    
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How often to you run on auto-pilot?

I'm easily bored with tedious chores. As soon as I have simple tasks programmed into the muscle controlling cells of my brain, I work on autopilot and use my cerebral cortex for thinking Beautiful Thoughts.

Jill, 60
Saylorsburg
, PA  USA

Lots of time when I'm driving, commuting, travelling, vegging at home in front of the TV.

Felicia, 35
Lowell
, MA   USA

Whenever im Super-tired :P in the mornings at work somtimes.

Talia, 23
Wilton
, CT   USA

Now that I think about it... almost never. I can't remember the last time that I sort of wandered through my day without thinking about what I was doing.

Jeremy, 14
Highlands Ranch
, CO  USA

absolutely all the time. And it's becoming really scary

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

I'm a bit confused on this one - but I assume you mean how often do I just do the things I need to do without thinking - how often do I not notice what I am doing as I do it or what is going on around me as I am doing it. This happens in the morning if I am woken up by the baby instead of waking up before him.  It also happens when I have a lot to think about and a tedious task  such as dishes to do - I just do the task for the 8000th time in my life while my brain sorts through what it needs to sort through. Auto-pilot also kicks in when I am really - that is when I run on it the most. As I tend the baby and get him ready for bed after getting up really early - or if I am cooking supper after he goes to sleep. My only problem is that driving is one of those tedious tasks for me and if I am tired or have a lot to think about, I have to keep taking myself off auto-pilot.

Deb

...am I stupid or do I just not know what AUTO PILOT is?

Anjel, 20

Regularly. It is the best way to get through life's boring routines without being worn out by them. And the hardest part about moving is that nothing one does can be done on autopilot, not even getting up from the living room and going into the kitchen for a glass of water.

Jane, 60
West Linn
. OR   USA

More often than I would like to admit. A good part of my life is spent in a daze! I am too busy worrying about what is gonna happen tomorrow. That is one thing I am trying to change about myself to tell the truth.

Maggie, 20
Sandwich
, IL   USA

What? ... i don't understand this question...

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

Reba, 51
Rockville
, MD   USA

Depends on what I'm doing. At work it's hard to run on auto-pilot because the tasks are different all the time. I guess doing housework is when I zone out and just do the work while my mind is off someplace else.

Laura, 36
Lowell
, MA   USA

If you are not running for something passionately, the rest of your life will be on auto pilot!

Rich, 52
Lowell
, MA   USA

When I'm driving or preening or what? Pretty often, I guess.

Karen, 21
Marshelltown/Ames
, IA  USA

Mostly during my commute, I guess. I'm usually in such a hurry to get from work to home (or home to work) that I don't stop to do anything different each day.

etoile, 20
Washington
, DC  USA

Anytime I've been working a dead-end job for more than two weeks.

Alias Irrelevante

Not too often anymore. I used to rely on it heavily!

Fisch, 45
Preston
, CT   USA

I don't usually know I'm doing it until I realize I've done the wrong thing or gone the wrong place!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City
, NJ  USA

Yesterday / Tomorrow