Decision fatigue is a thing. Your brain only has so much decision making power at the start of the day so things you can put on autopilot can help you save some of that energy for more important stuff that comes up. Trying to pull together an outfit when you're running late or whip up a new meal after a tough day at work can be too much. I know for me in the late afternoon or evening it can feel like my brain has shut down while I'm standing in front of the pantry because I didn't have a plan.
Spend some time today choosing things to help you when you don't have the time or bandwith to make new choices. Pull together new outfits and experiment with meals when you have time for it to be fun and you can enjoy being creative. Then you'll have those backups in your hip pocket when you just can't even with all the things.
Have a go-to:
Outfit: It should be comfortable and you should feel good in it.
Dinner: It should have no more than 5 ingredients that you always have on hand and should take about 30 minutes.
Response: If you are going through a transition or have something about your life that people always ask about like when are you having a baby, what are you going to do with that major, or how is she handling that diagnosis, come up with a standard response for everyone who asks. That way you don't get caught off guard or say something you regret because you were thinking on your feet.
Elevator pitch: Your quick and dirty answer when someone asks you what you do, what your goals are or what you are creating.
Gift: That one thing from your favorite shop that is always a hit. Bonus points if they gift wrap!
I'll bet you can come up with some other useful ones!
Remember, everything we are doing this month is about making small changes that can make our lives easier, prevent overwhelm, and allow us to ease into the new year without stress.
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