Now, before you jump all over saying that this is a bad idea, let me change it to a more relatable real world application. Lets say dropping totems is like putting a condom on before sex. You take the time to do it because it's prevents you from getting a woman pregnant (or in terms of dropping totems, it helps protect you from dieing).
Now, the change i have suggested would be like having a vasectomy. You activate it the one time and it's up until you change it.