Eliminating Daily Decisions
As an entrepreneur, you are used to making decisions.
A lot of decisions in fact, constantly, which can be draining.
But there is a high chance that you are making a lot of unnecessary decisions too.
So how can you stop draining your energy on irrelevant decisions?
With a blend of rituals, habits and forward planning. Make a list of all the decisions you make on a daily basis and identify the reoccurring ones.
Then determine a habit or a ritual to adopt, think about how you can forward plan to minimise these decisions.
Today we are going to focus on forward planning. Here are some of the most common unnecessary decisions, that take up loads of your time and how to avoid them.
There has been a lot of talk recently about why successful people wear the same style over and over. The main reason for this is that it removes the decision out of it. No decision. No stress. And no energy wasted. But what can you do if you cannot bear to wear the same thing day in day out?
Here are some of our suggestions:
- Curate a capsule wardrobe. This is a small wardrobe that contains interchangeable items.
- Plan out your outfit the night before.
- Understand your style. By really knowing what styles and colours of clothes you like to wear and only having these types of clothes in your wardrobe will reduce time spent deciding what to wear.
- Have 2-3 go-to outfits on hand at any one time. These should be fail safes that are suitable for all occasions.
I do not know about you, but I waste so much time when it comes to food. It isn't just making the food. There's the time to buy it and deciding what you want in the first place. I am a massive foodie and as much as I try to meal prep; the idea of eating 3-5 day old food just doesn't sit well with me.
So here are my tips for saving time and eliminating the time to make decisions:
I love Buddha bowls. They are quick to put together, they are tasty and you can food prep for them. What do I mean by this? Well, you can cook up a load of veggies and have your protein at the ready and then all you have to do is assemble them when you are ready. Once you know the structure of a Buddha bowl, it's so simple you do not need to think about it at all. See below for an infographic of how to assemble a Buddha bowl.
Slow Cooker Meals
If you do not have a slow cooker, I suggest you get one. You really do just throw your ingredients into a pot in the morning and forget about it. Then in the evening you have hot food ready and waiting for you.
It's a good idea to have 3-4 go to meals. Meals that are tasty and take little time to put together. Some examples of mine are sweetcorn fritters with avocado and tomato and coconut soup. These can be done within 15 minutes, and they contain a lot of pantry staples. I do them so regularly that I do not even need to think about how to make them.
Planning Your Day
We have spoken a lot about power hours and time management methods, which can make up your working rituals, but planning the night before is crucial as in the morning we don't always think of the most logical ways in which to do things.
Here are our ways to plan that minimise making decisions throughout your day:
- Have a 'to-do list' and a 'to ignore' list. Write down the main things you need to focus on and the things you don't. Keep this list in nearby as a reminder.
- Have a list of the main things you need to get done and then a list of 'bonus' tasks if you complete your main tasks. You should only have a maximum of 3 things on your main to-do list.
- Do a 5-minute review at the end of the day. This can save you time making decisions the next day as you can review what went well and what not to do the following day.
About the author
Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is keen makeup lover, foodie and loves to work from luxurous destinations.