Reduce the amount of decisions you have to make on the spot, particularly routine ones that you know are coming up. Foremost here are the big two - what to wear and what to eat.
What to wear - work.
- Unless you have a job that requires you to wear a uniform, you will have to choose what to wear each day. Also, unless you are working in fashion, or have a great interest in that field, you will find this to be a bit of a chore.
- The solution I use, and I usually recommend, is to bear in mind that most people, no matter how many clothes they have, cycle through the same few clothing combinations. You can take advantage of this by only having as many outfits as you need for a one or two week rotation.
- Now hang each outfit on a hanger together. This way, when you stumble bleary-eyed towards the wardrobe in the morning, all you need to do is grab out one single hanger, and you know that an appropriate outfit has already been chosen.
- A step further with this method is to ensure that your work wardrobe is entirely self-coordinating. One example is to have an element in only one colour, for example, you only have shirts in white, trousers in grey, and shoes in black. Then you don't have to worry about whether your shirt coordinates with your trousers - you know it does. Then you can add interest with your accessories - ties, scarves, waistcoats, jewellery, whatever. Some might find this too restrictive, but for others, to really helps remove the decision-making burden from this area of their lives - freeing up their minds for more important things.
What to wear - otherwise.
- The only advice I have to offer here is to minimise your clothing, arrange it in a logical manner (all short-sleeved tops together on the same shelf, for example) make sure each garment works hard for you, and regularly cull it.
- I've posted previously about how to make sure that your clothing is in proportion to what you spend your time doing.
What to eat
- Collate your recipes - This is really helpful for deciding what to eat. We recently used Evernote to capture all of our recipes across a dozen different cook books. Evernote will recognise the text and you can arrange all the different recipes as you wish.
- Make a Meal plan - there are lots of really good meal planning apps and websites out there. One I've been trying is the Resourceful Cook website which helps you to plan meals, and also provides you with a handy shopping list.
- Shop with a list. And do not stray from the list. Nope - not even when there's a really good offer on!
You might have noticed that each of these methods involves making your decisions in advance.
- Before we discuss that - there is an element of reducing down your options to those you *KNOW* you will choose anyway, instead of looking at a wardrobe stuffed full of clothes, half of which you never wear, or keeping that recipe book because you think you ought to be more adventurous with your cooking. Less guilt - more serenity :)
There's LOTS more to say on this subject, so I think I'll continue next week.
Thanks for reading,