Everyone is looking for a good “life hack,”
something that makes life easier and better.
Here is one that definitely does both:
it’s what I call “Decide on the Daily.”
It’s short for “decide how to get the things
done that you deal with on a daily basis.”
Here is what it means in practice.
Think of the things that you have to do
or make decisions about every day.
A short list probably includes having to
figure out when to get up in the morning,
what to eat, when to exercise, when the
most productive time is to get work done,
and when is the best time to go to bed.
These are the things that you have to do
every single day, no matter what.
You make a thousand decisions about
other things every day, things that are
not “daily decisions.” They are unique
in that you have to decide for the first
time that day how you are going to
handle something at work or in your
personal life. This unique stuff is
what you want your life to be about.
Save Your Energy
Put simply, you do not want to waste
precious mental and physical time and
energy making decisions about things
that are routine and not unique.
For example, you should not be getting up
in the morning and wondering what you
are going to be having for breakfast.
That is a daily decision that you can make
and prepare for, decide once and be done
with, giving you time and energy to devote
to other more important things.
A Boost for Anti-Depressants
If you are battling depression, then deciding
on the dailies is especially important, as your
energy is at a premium…as in, you don’t have
extra energy to waste. Trying to decide between
oatmeal and eggs in the morning could paralyze
you and you might just head back to bed.
Simplify Your Life
Think of anything you have to make a decision
about during the day, every single day.
See if you can make the decision now and
prepare to make it happen easily this week.
Buy your oatmeal, get out your workout shoes,
turn off notifications from 9-11 AM so you can
get your real work done, and head for bed
by 10 PM…if that’s what you have decided
works the best for you.
Simplify your life and watch what happens
when you have energy for other things!