I may be fairly random and inconsistent, but one thing I do all the time is check my back pocket to make sure my wallet is there. On the flip side I don't like sitting with my wallet in my back pocket. So every day I get into work and take my wallet out of my back pocket. It starts out just sitting on my desk but I eventually put it in the lockable over desk compartment seen below.
So this morning I rush into the office, late as usual. I haphazardly pull things out of my bag and pockets trying to get ready to start my day. I get my glass of water, take my pills, and settle down to begin work... or more precisely read web comics and catch up on all the twitter I missed overnight. About an hour later it's time to go to a meeting. As I am heading out of the room I check my back pocket instinctively. Of course there is no wallet there I already took it out. We leave the door open during the meeting, so for a second I think I should lock my wallet in the compartment. I reject the idea. I mean who could really get all the way up here in this building and why would they wander into my office.
Some time after the meeting I want something from my wallet. I realize it doesn't sit on the desk where I thought I had put it. I probably put it in the compartment and just didn't remember doing so. I open up the thing and to my horror.. no wallet. I check through everything. Nope gone. This can't be.
At lunch time I speed home in hopes that I left it there. I remember it sat on the kitchen counter. I open the door sure I will see it sitting there. Nothing. I scour the apartment, checking every drawer and the pockets of previously worn pants.
I am fairly calm but the coming horror is beginning to dawn. All the phone calls I'll be making: new credit cards, having to deal with the DMV to get a new license. And all the time I'm thinking how did somebody walk in and steal it. Why would they leave the easily accessible laptop there or other things.
I get back to the office and begin another search. I still can't believe it has actually been stolen. It then occurs to me, maybe I put the wallet on top of the compartment and when I opened the lid it pushed it off. Here is what the thing looks like when open.
That's when I notice it. I had put the wallet on top and when I opened the lid to get it out, the lid hid the wallet beneath it. Crisis averted, lots of time wasted, and yet another reason to be consistent.