Is this more prominent with certain types than others? Is it possible that the body and feelings are dictating your actions rather than the mind? You are viewing it, but it is not responding to your goals, instead it gets distracted by the natural routine mechanism. The ability to divert the feelings and natural responses to when they are required and dictate yourself with strong will then mental colloboration would occur. To elaborate, our actions are the result of the body or natural mechanism that is strongly connected. Our minds or hidden goals and desires are disconnected and as a result they seem to be lost. Adapting to life further seperates the boundary and makes it more difficult to translate your ideals into reality. If a disconnected individual trains him or herself into a deep collaboration or stronger will then it could translate to higher productivity and enriched fulfillment of one's goals.
It's almost as if your losing control of your character. Like your controlling a video game character, but it is most likely that the character will ignore your command. It will direct itself to a more desirable or familiar action and it will delay the command as much as possible until it requests its attention in a position of emergency. Over time, society will train the character to become more adaptable and flexible in its terms. In the terms outside it will not be as developed since the position of emergency or caution will never arise. We are naturally animals that seek desire in the simplest form despite our goals and complex thoughts. We are manipulated in the area of conscientious, however in order to reach higher levels of development in other areas, we need to extreme self-discipline from ourselves.