Have you noticed how harder it gets to make decisions, even the simple ones, 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 certain 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 them for the important stuff. It also frees our 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.
Do you have a morning habit?
Chances are you already have a morning routine. Just think about it. You get up, you get your coffee or tea, read the newspapers or check email and fix some toast before heading into the shower. You maybe even run every morning. Let’s expand on that. 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 go.
Try to implement some routines into your workday wherever possible. For example, meal planning helps you figure out what meals to make and eat and make your life a lot more easier. Next, 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.
How about a bedtime habit?
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. What works for toddlers works for you as well. In my blog post “Here is a Method That is Helping Me to Manage my Time Better” I wrote about some examples of an evening routines that you can turn into habit.
Start by doing a few chores that make the next morning easier. Making sure the kitchen is clean and the kids’ school things are in order are great examples. 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.
Remember thisIt’s easier to make a new habit than get rid of an old one.
Sit down with a pen and piece of paper and think about what parts of your day and week you can turn into routines or sign up for the free printable habit trackers you can incorporate into your planner. Write the down and create daily to-do lists for yourself until you’ve established that new habit and routine. 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. It allows you to save plenty of decision making for the fun stuff like figuring out what park to go to, what family movie to watch or what board game to play.
Do you have some other techniques to make a habit? I can’t wait to read your comments.
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