I can only think of two instances when I pause and think about what I'm doing.
One I rarely do, but Mogul Fields. I tend to ski them two different ways. Either popping off every third mogul or so and linking random fun looking bumps in no particular order. When I do it this way, I don't think about it. I just bounce around like I'm skiing anything else. However if I try to ski them like an actual mogul skier, I stop and make plans first. Scan the line, think about body position, get my head up looking far ahead rather than near my tips, elbows in, flick the wrist, pull the tips down the backside of the bump etc. That style doesn't come naturally to me, probably because I don't do it often.
The other is dropping cliffs of any sort. If I'm familar with the terrain and landing zone, I'd say I ski off it naturally like it was part of a gs turn on a groomed run. However if it's something new, I must investigate the landing zone and runout before jumping. I think anybody into hucking would do the same though...if they know what's good for them. Hucking into the abyss is a sure way to find your way to the emergency room.