Decision fatigue is a real thing. Do you ever feel as if you have already made so many decisions that your can’t make another? Does this happen daily? Does it happen by lunchtime?
It used to be that this didn’t happen very often because people didn’t have as many options to choose from. Today we have multiple choices for just about everything. Even a quick trip to the grocery store for milk leads to multiple options: whole, 2%, 1%, skim; organic, rBST-free, name brand, store brand; almond, coconut, soy, cashew…TOO MANY CHOICES.
There are many decisions we have to make everyday that can’t be avoided. Life happens and decisions need to be made. However, we CAN spend a few purposeful minutes here and there making intentional decisions that will eliminate the need to make certain decisions on a daily basis. This will lessen the decisions that need to be made each day, which will lessen decision fatigue. It also will give you the confidence that you have made the best decision in these areas. This leaves more mental power and clarity for the “life happens” decisions that must be made each day.
Here are three areas of life that you can make informed and intentional decisions about NOW that will eliminate the need for multiple little decisions in the spur of the moment.
- Create a capsule menu. A capsule menu is a comprehensive meal plan that covers day-to-day meals and snacks as well as “food related emergencies”. This comprehensive meal plan uses meals that your family knows and loves and that are quick and easy to prepare. There is nothing that makes my day easier than always knowing what is for dinner and knowing I have the ingredients on-hand to make it. Check out my book Creating a Capsule Menu on Amazon or for Kindle. It walks you step-by-step through the process of creating a capsule menu for your family that meets your family’s unique dietary needs, likes and dislikes. Some of my family’s capsule menu recipes are here on the blog if you are interested or looking for more meal ideas.
- Create a capsule wardrobe for yourself and your children. Starting the day with a tough decision should not be the norm. Standing in front of a closet full of clothes with “nothing to wear” does not start the day off right! Check out my Everyday Simple Style Pinetrest board for ideas on how to plan a capsule wardrobe. Also, check out this post on how I create capsule wardrobes for my kids (and make laundry easier for me!). If a capsule wardrobe isn’t your thing, think about creating a daily uniform to make getting dressed (and shopping) super easy. If I had to choose a daily uniform it would be boot cut jeans, a black shirt and cute ballet flats.
- Choose “go-to” brands for things you buy repeatedly. I buy the same dish soap, the same laundry soap, the same cleaning supplies the same toilet paper, the same shampoo, soap and lotion. I buy pretty much the same groceries and supplements each week/month. Occasionally (about 1 time per year or when something changes, like the item is discontinued or the price changes dramatically), I evaluate my current product decisions and choose to keep it the same or change it. I can take the time to make an informed decision once and then stick to the routine. This will make grocery shopping and basic errands so much easier and faster! You will (almost) be able to shop without a list! You may even choose to take advantage of a subscription service (like Amazon’s, Grove Collaborative’s or Vitacost’s subscription programs).
Having the daily decisions already made for you (and by you) reduces your stress and the mental energy needed day to day. You days will seem easier and you will have more time and energy to do the things you WANT to do instead of only doing the things you HAVE to do!