Discussion question time! =D
I'm puttering around Vashj'ir on my druid farming some Volatile Life and I was thinking about how this has been something that's been a core of how I play for a long time.
Back in Wrath when I had to make my own flasks I would often find myself in need of Frost Lotus. I didn't have a lot of gold at the time so I would farm herbs for my flasks myself. I would sit down on a farming session and set a quota for myself. "I won't stop herbing until I have 10 Frost Lotus" for example.
Now, with my small Alchemist army, I need 60 Life every day for transmutes. It would probably be more efficient to just buy Life when it's cheap in bulk but farming my own Life has been a routine for me for so long that it's almost my "chill out and get back to my roots" time every morning. Even if I do find a great deal on Life that Life is "bought" Life and off limits for transmutes, transmute Life must be picked fresh every day!
I keep fourteen stacks of every Cataclysm herb (I'm not sure why; I don't really need so much but it makes my guild bank look pretty I guess.) Once I've passed my 14 stack quota all herbs that come from my Life farming go to my scribe which also offsets my costs for glyph production without causing me to feel I was on some massive farming spree for hours.
Do you have any routine or tradition you've had since early on that you continue to this day? Do you consider it an efficient use of your time or gold, or do you do it more out of tradition or habit?