Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Memory, Habits, and Adaptability - A Personal Experiment

Lately, I've been experimenting on myself and testing my adaptability in routine activities. It all started when American Airlines​ changed my AAdvantage number after 30+ years because of a data privacy concern. It took longer than I would have hoped to memorize it. So, I started making other innocuous changes. For example, several days ago, I switched my socks drawer with my underwear drawer. They had been in the same order for about 30 years. I'm fine if I think about it, but if I walk up to my dresser in the morning, half asleep, I'm still likely to open the wrong one. My theory is this. If I keep this up, I should be able to more quickly internalize each change. I'll let you know.