What Happens When You Mess Up a Mindless Routine?

I saw a funny post on Facebook yesterday from someone who accidentally slipped out of her morning routine for a few seconds, and the next thing she knew, she was trying to put on pants over her shoes.

I chuckled, because I can definitely relate to this. Like, I shower and towel off in a very specific order. It’s not that I’m particular about it–it’s just one of those mindless things I do. So if I do anything that disrupts that routine even a little bit, my muscle memory doesn’t know what to do and I either stop completely or end up forgetting an entire step.

The same can happen when I’m getting dressed, getting ready for bed, even driving a familiar route.

Have you ever had this happen? What are your mindless routines, and what happens when something unexpected breaks the routine?