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Are you a 1-3-4-2-5-6 or a 1-3-2-4-5-6 person?

While I would like this article to apply all and sundry, it largely applies to those who wear shirts with buttons in front. At least anything that would pass for a shirt with buttons perhaps six of them in front.

We are creatures of habit. Habits are strange and they turn up at odd places. Consider the shirt. I have noticed that I usually button the 1st button, then the 3rd, 4th, 2nd, 5th and 6th in that order. That led me to believe that this habit must be getting ingrained right from the time we learnt to button ourselves.

When we go for a short 3-day or a 5-day training program, we usually sit in the same place for all the sessions. This place is usually where we sat when we first came in the classroom. Of course this is truer when the participants are relatively unknown to each other.

Some of these habits become so second nature to us that we become unaware of the same until we take conscious effort to recognize the same. These deep rooted habits put us in great discomfort if for some reason there is a break in the process. For example if we are used to putting the car keys at a particular place every day when we return home, it would be terrible if we do not find it there.

Many of us are lost if we do not carry our mobile phones. Yet many forget the mobile phone. Normally if using mobile is a must for our day to day transactions how is that we forget it? Does it happen that we are pre-occupied? Sometimes there is a mismatch between the button and the button-hole. How does that happen? Pre-occupation or in a tearing hurry?

I leave you to ponder on this with a quote – “Habits are safer than rules; you don’t have to watch them. And you don’t have to keep them either. They keep you” – Frank Crane



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