“Our life is frittered away with details…simplify, simplify!” – Thoreau
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How many decisions do you make a day? Hundreds? Thousands? I guessed hundreds, but a quick google search puts the daily average at thirty-five thousand for adults. This is almost incomprehensible. Almost. Every day I choose to get out of bed – or not. Make the bed or not. Should I wear neutral or color? Shorts or pants. Take my dog out before or after coffee. One cup of coffee or two? Curl my hair or rock a bun. Take the toll road or risk traffic. Get Chick-fil-A. Go to the gym or not. Eat out or cook at home. These aren’t even the important decisions, yet making (and writing) these decisions still takes energy.
If you’re anything like me you probably recognize that sometimes it can be blissful to not make a decision. Sometimes I ask my husband to pick a restaurant for me – or order for me! (I still reserve the right to veto his choice, though, of course). Unfortunately, we can’t avoid most decisions that easily.
So. Why are we talking about this? Because there is a way to beat the system. And system is really the operative word here because systems are exactly what we need to use to beat that system that drains our lives of energy and motivation. We have to implement systems of automated decisions. The principle I like to use is “when…then.” When I get the mail, then I will look through it. When I take the clothes out of the dryer, then I will fold them and put them away. When I’m done with my keys, then I will hang them on their hook. When the kids come home from school, then they will hang their bags up. This formula won’t simplify every decision until you’ve established some clear goals for yourself regarding your home and the functionality of it. But it’s a start! And starting is often the hardest part.
We don’t have to inundate the tranquility of our homes with unnecessary details. We can simplify.