You know, there are some things in life that you can never really be certain about. Did my significant other just hear that piece of useless information I shouted from the other side of the house? Did the person in the drive-thru get my order right? Is that fire I just started actually going to take off?
It can be so hard to know if what we’re doing is really achieving the goal sometimes that we just feel the need to do things repeatedly. Yell that useless information across the house again. Read back your order one more time at the order box. Throw a bunch more paper and 15 more matches onto the fire.
Now these are all very situation-specific, but there are some things that just about everyone does repeatedly – necessary or not.
I think I might be guilty of all of these, myself. I mean, how else would you know if your tongs just magically stopped working somehow? You certainly don’t want to find that out when you’re standing at the BBQ trying to flip your meat before it gets burnt. And a calculator? I’m never sure if I’ve cleared everything or just the last equation entered, so yeah, I feel compelled to hit “C” at least 5 times. The elevator I’m less impatient with, because on most, once you press the button it lights up to let you know it’s received your request and is working on it. However, that crosswalk button is a very common recipient of my repeated pressing. Partly because part of me hopes it will hurry things up, partly because I enjoy irritating others with the clicking sound that the modern ones make. Who doesn’t open the fridge over and over hoping that some new food will appear? I think that might be the definition of insanity right there, but we’re all guilty of it. Pressing lock on the car key fob just to hear the horn honk over and over is another guilty pleasure of mine… Although I’ve had my car broken into at least 5 times so part of it is paranoia too. Anyone who’s ever lost a major assignment or work project thanks to a crashing computer or failing battery knows damn well that you hit save AT LEAST five times to make sure you haven’t lost it. And finally, the manual transmission shifter… Anyone who’s ever driven one of these has probably jiggled the shifter back and forth repeatedly to ensure it was in neutral. Once you do it a couple times, it becomes habit, and sometimes you’ll even run into someone who feels the need to continuously jiggle the shifter the whole time while waiting for the light to change – but I can’t imagine that kind of sustained jiggling is great for the transmission components.
Anyway, I’d love to hear from YOU folks – what’s something you do over and over again… just to be sure?
I wanted desperately to contribute something original to this post, but I guess I couldn’t think up a scenario that was general enough that EVERYONE could relate… So I guess it’s something that anyone with faulty windshield wipers in their car can relate to
And yes, I actually did this to my car.
Alright, you’re up! Tell me in the comments here or on Facebook or Twitter – What’s something you do over and over again even though you don’t really need to, because you think it will do a better job?