Being on autopilot

There was a different type of train to usual on my commute home tonight and I was momentarily baffled about why the doors to the vestibule weren’t opening when I went to get off, only for me to realise I was pressing my hand against the bulkhead where the button is on the normal type of train, rather than pressing the actual button which was on the opposite side of the door.

How much time do you reckon you spend on autopilot? For me I reckon pretty much every working day morning until I leave the house as the routine is almost always the same.

Terrifying when you’re driving and you clock that you haven’t really being paying attention for 20 minutes or so :neutral_face:


Yeah, I used to find this when I drove to work. Would get home and realise I couldn’t remember anything about the journey (unless something unusual happened). It’s both terrifying but also kind of great how we can do quite complicated things without really thinking about them.

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It’s kind of mad how much of driving is just instinct, and also how effective instinct actually is. Can’t believe how much SHEER MINDPOWER I had to put in while learning, whereas it’s basically piss easy once you’ve done it on your own a few times

How quickly you pick up bad habits too, pretty much stopped feeding the steering wheel through my hands the moment yer boi told me I’d passed.

i had such a weird example of this earlier in the year

i was working on the 3rd floor, and popped up to the 4th floor to speak to someone. went back down to the 3rd floor, except it didn’t look quite right. on opening the door to the office i saw that it was not in fact my floor. i’d autopiloted down 3 flights of stairs (as if doing my usual journey out of the office or going down to lunch from my own floor) instead of just going down 1 floor. had absolutely no recollection of doing it.

Annual post about me being on TinyChat at 3am and then going to get a shower with no intention of doing so and then coming round wondering why I was in the shower and no memory of going to the bathroom and getting undressed. My clothes including jacket were in a tight formation on top of one another on the floor in a way I’ve never done before. This wasn’t really autopilot though I think I was just momentarily possessed. Still freaks my nut out to this day.

When we moved a few years ago, a couple of times I came off the Motorway a junction early and started heading off in completely the wrong direction (towards the old house).

Once wandered around the car park at work for a good 10 minutes getting increasingly worried that my car had been nicked after I’d parked it in a different place to where I normally would.

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When I moved house I found that I really had to concentrate to stop myself from changing to the Northern Line at Kings Cross. Took a while to get used to not doing it.

found myself looking for a parking space in the centre of edinburgh once before i came to and realised i had set off trying to get to glasgow. just totally zoned out and drove to my old work. ha.


I often find myself typing on autopilot when I’m doing a relatively straightforward piece, until something that requires a bit of contextual thinking comes up and I’m like, ‘How the hell did this conversation get to this point?’ and I realise the last few paragraphs are unrecognisable to me.

Considering I’ve been made redundant, I’m pretty much on autopilot at work right now, if that counts.

Plenty of times where I’m cycling to work in the mornings, same old roads and no traffic, or home at night in the dark (I’ve got lights obv, but you know what I mean), and often I’ll catch myself and realise that for the last few seconds I didn’t really know exactly where I was, just going through the motions (not Thursday).

ALSO, in Brighton on Wednesday, I was waiting at a pedestrian crossing for so long that actually forgot where it was I was going. :rofl:

Years ago when I was younger and more stupid, I would cycle back from Soho to Hackney after six or seven pints, at 11.30pm. I would have no memory of my journey at all.

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Have locked myself out of my work computer before by repeatedly putting in the password to my home one.

Surely everyone has those kinds of distracted moments from time to time?

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I bought a bunch of stuff at Sainsburys one time. The assistant took away my bottle of gin to take off the security tag. When she returned it, all my other shopping was in my bag. I put the bottle in my bag, thanked her and left. Paid for nothing. I realised when I got off the bus 20 minutes later.


Definitely done this the other way round, and walk off without taking any shopping


Spend about half my day at work checking whether or not I’ve done things because I’ve got no memory of doing them 5 minutes later

i did this a while ago, had a voucher for a free bottle of Coke Zero, had to get the assistant to manually get the voucher to work as the barcode didn’t (and never does, useless Coke bastards), got it sorted and then walked off without the bottle of Coke Zero. the assistant pointed it out to me before i left though fortunately.