The little one is stinky, but he’s always stinky. And sticky.
My feet ache from carting children around, and I just want to sit down and zone out on my phone.
I’m tired of all the decisions I’ve made today, and I don’t want to make any more.
Disconnecting from my life and my responsibilities appear to be the easiest path.
My brain is exhausted from all this decision-ing.
Did you know that’s common? Because I didn’t.
We have a limited amount of willpower every day to make decisions, and at the end of the day, our brains are like puddles on the floor because of all the work they’ve done today.
No wonder deciding what movie to watch on Netflix is so difficult.
There IS a way around this.
Habits and routines.
Just think: If you don’t have to decide whether to make coffee before or after dropping off your children at school, that’s another decision you can use later.
This knowledge can help you prioritize. If you want to cut out a lot of the decision making in your day, implement habits and routines so you can save your decisions for the important stuff (like watching Game of Thrones or that new “Lorena” special on Amazon Prime).
You can free up your brain space for important things.
Routines are a great tool that encourages simplification of our lives and cuts out so much daily stress.
We all already have a morning routine. Get up, get coffee, read the paper or check our email and stumbling into the shower before hastily getting dressed and running out the door. Hopefully, we don’t forget anything important!
Let’s make your day better by planning it out.
If you create a “uniform” for yourself, you don’t have to think about what to wear. You just grab a pair of pants and a shirt and whatever else and off you go. draw diagrams of the outfits you’d like to wear and put them up in your closet or fold those clothes together so you know your favorite outfits is always together.
Meal planning is such an amazing tool for reducing everyday stress.
It helps you know what to buy at the grocery store — saving you money and helps you know exactly what to pull out of the fridge and cook every evening.
A cleaning schedule ensures you stay on track with your household chores without wasting time deciding what to clean today.
I even go as far as to have a laundry schedule. Each day is a different type of laundry, and diapers always have priority over all. This way we don’t run out of underwear, jeans, or someone’s very favorite PJ Mask pajamas.
Wrapping your day up with a great bedtime routine will help you make the best decisions when you’re tired and fall asleep easier.
Those articles you read about getting your toddler to sleep?
They work for you too.
Deciding to brush teeth, moisturize your skin and rub some Magnesium on your legs and feet before bed will help you sleep soundly. I’ve linked what I personally use above, but you can also click here.
I always start by completing a few chores to make my morning easier.
I have a certain counter I use all morning, and it brings me a lot of joy to start my day with it already cleaned off and ready for me to make lunches on.
Another great example is making sure everyone has all their school things ready. Do they need to bring their library book back? Make sure it’s in their backpack for them.
Sit down with a pen and paper and think about what parts of your day and week you can turn into routines and habits. Write them all down and create daily to-do lists for yourself until you’ve established these new habits and routines.
I love lists, we have them all over the house.