Simple example would be when I hand sew (think sewing on binding). I've had just a few more inches to sew but my thread is extremely short. I know I can make it so I take those few final stitches. Then my thread is so short I can't make a good strong knot. My fault and I know better. Rather than aggravate myself with the outcome, when my thread starts to get short, I knot off right then and there. Then I re-thread my needle and pick up where I left off. It only takes a couple extra minutes, but it helps my blood pressure.
Another way to address these kind of situations is a visual queue. I bought a single hole throat plate and I'm very happy with it. However, when I forget I'm using it and switch my machine to zig zig WHAM! that needle will break faster than the fastest thing you can think of. So I went with the visual queue: I put the little sign under my machine but I can see it through the acrylic table. I hate to say it's 'idiot proof' but so far so good!