Do you ever notice that it gets harder to make decisions toward the end of the day?
You’re too tried to figure out what to have for dinner or what to watch on TV?
That’s because we all have a finite amount of decisions that we can make in any given day.
Knowing that helps us prioritize.
We can cut out a lot of decision making by implementing habits and routines. That way we save the critical decision-making for the important stuff. It also frees brain space for more creative and productive thinking.
Routines are a great tool that simplify our lives and cut out a lot of our daily stress.
Chances are you already have a morning routine. You get up, you get your coffee, read the paper or check email and fix some toast before heading into the shower. If you create a “uniform” for yourself, you don’t even have to think about what to wear. You just grab a pair of pants and a shirt, or a skirt, tights and sweater and off you.
Implement some routines into your workday wherever possible. Meal planning helps you figure out what meals to fix and eat. A cleaning schedule makes sure you stay on track with your household chores without you having to spend any valuable decision making skills in the process.
Wrap your day up with a bedtime routine that not only helps when you’re too tired to make smart choices, it also helps you fall asleep more easily. Trust me on this one! Sleep is so crucial!
Come up with a few calming things that help you slow down and get ready for sleep. Read a book, listen to some music or wind down with a cup of herbal tea.
I challenge you to sit down with a pen and piece of paper and think about what parts of your day and week you can turn into routines.
Write the down and create daily to-do lists for yourself until you’ve established these new habits and routines.
Spending a little bit of time creating routines and habits will make your day run a lot smoother. You might just find yourself less stressed and get more done during your productive hours. And that’s a beautiful thing.