How to put some decisions on auto-pilot.

I’ve said that I don’t find decision-making that difficult. But there’s a reason for that. It’s because I try to reduce the number of decisions I have to make every day. I find it reduces my stress level.

Some people have to do all their homework ahead of time before making decisions while others seem to trust their instincts. Others, like me, use both depending on the importance of the decision.

I am trying to reduce the number of decisions I have to make. I’m doing that by trying to put as many decisions as I can on auto-pilot.

For example, does it require to think through whether or not to return my cart to the cart corral? (Apparently, it does and lots of people make the wrong one if carts strewn all over the parking lot are any indication.)

Does it require a decision to tell the truth?

Does it require a decision to be nice?

Decision-making is often connected to choices. And we just have too many choices now. Clothes choices. Dinner choices. Entertainment choices. Spending choices.

We have too many choices.

If we reduce the number of choices, we will automatically reduce the number of decisions we make. And then if we can make some of those decisions automatic, we even further reduce the number of decisions we have to make. That frees us up to concentrate on really important decisions.

I have adopted a clothing bias. When I try it on, if it feels uncomfortable, it goes to the “Goodwill” pile. If it doesn’t look good, it goes. If it doesn’t fit good, it goes. If the style is too girlish, too trendy, it probably goes. And if I haven’t worn in for at least six months (as long as it isn’t occasion-specific), it certainly goes.

I don’t want so many choices anymore.

I have slowly been eliminating items I don’t use and in some cases, I’ve never used. It’s been a slow-go but every time I get rid of something, I feel a sense of relief. If I bring something into my home, something similar has to go.

See what I mean about reducing the options for decision-making? I find the energy it requires takes away my ability to focus on this blog, my books, etc.

Oh, and I did something I still can’t believe I did.

I have unsubscribed from many blogs I used to follow. Don’t get me wrong. I loved each and every one of them but that is time once again taken away from posting and writing.

Don’t underestimate the mental energy it requires to make decisions. And doesn’t it make sense that our brains get tired?

our brains get tired

I need to preserve my mind right now in order to do what I believe God has called me to do.

What about you? Do you find decision-making burdensome? Wouldn’t you like to save your mental energy for the important decisions you have to make and put the rest on auto-pilot?

That what’s I’m trying to do.

Maybe creating a menu will work for you so you don’t have to think about meal-planning. Maybe knowing what you are going to wear the next day will give you extra mental energy. There are so many ways we can, do I dare say the word because it’s so overused, simplify our lives.

Give it a try.

I hope you have a wonderful day today. I hope you find ways to make your lives easier by making fewer decisions.

God bless.

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