This month’s blog posts will focus on how to bring more vitality into your life by creating more space, time and energy. Here’s the first one.
How many decisions have you made so far today? 10, 30, a 100? Decisions about what to wear, eat or drink? Listening to loved ones, scheduling meetings, feeding the dogs, emptying the trash; these are all aspects of daily life that require decisions from us.
But could some decisions be streamlined so that they don’t have to be made daily?
For example, could we decide what we are going to wear each day at the beginning of the week? Or, maybe follow the lead of many political, business and cultural leaders and systematize some of the time-consuming decisions?
“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing because I have too many other decisions to make.” That’s Obama sharing his thoughts on the subject. But there other public figures such as, Christopher Nolan (film director), and Drew Barrymore (actress) and one of my favorites, Nikola Tesla who arrived at the same juncture of “less is more”. Fewer decisions equal more time for what you want to give your attention to.
What would that feel like, not having to decide what to wear or eat every day? I know for me it would free up a big chunk of time and create breathing space.
And that time and breathing space is important to me, because, just like Obama or Christopher Nolan, I too have important decisions to make that affect the quality of my life and work. I want to have as much bandwidth as possible available for the things that matter most to me.
I have been working on figuring out which outfits make me feel my best and take the least amount of fussing to get out of the door. It’s odd because as I look at my requirements: comfort, easy to put on and take off, as few pieces as possible (I am not a fan of layering), my dream outfit is probably an all-in-one piece, like an aviator suit or NASA flight suits.
I have 2 problems with the flight suits, though:
- They would draw too much attention which is something I do not always want and
- Going to the bathroom almost requires removing the whole thing.
So, I am going to continue to whittle and finesse my current wardrobe until I have a few simple outfits that I love.
This is only one area of my life that I am organizing to simplify and I recognize that initially it will take time to figure out and compose a capsule wardrobe but overall I know the benefits will outweigh the time I spend getting the wardrobe sorted out.
Would you consider streamlining your wardrobe to ease your decision-making load? In which other areas of your life could you use this approach to create more freedom for yourself?
Spring is here and there’s no better time than the present to unload the monotonous grind of daily decisions and initiate strategies that allow you to focus on what’s important. Now let’s get started.
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