Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
Have you ever stood in your closet in the morning, losing minutes because you don’t know what to wear? Or because you can’t decide what cologne or eyeshadow to put on?
I wrote a few weeks ago about Eliminating Choices to Get More Done as a way to simplify your life. I took that advice to heart and streamlined my morning routine by eliminating choices.
I am not particularly chipper in the morning. Hell, let me admit that I’m not even coherent for the first hour. Dressing can be a nightmare of indecision.
Solution: check the weather and pick out clothes the night before. This saves me not only the choice, but also allows me to see if I am picking something that needs to be repaired.
Every house, including my own, seems to breed toiletries. Even my husband, very much the simple grooming type, has three types of soap in the shower right now — because he doesn’t like two of them.
Solution: By getting rid of products that don’t work, you limit your choices, and you don’t have to think about which you will use.
I like to try new looks. In theory, at least. In reality, I pretty much wear the same cosmetics every day: moisturizer, foundation, mascara, brown eyeliner and lip balm So why have 15 eye shadows? multiple eyeliners and lipsticks hanging around?
Solution: unable to throw them out, I put them in a box in the closet. I’ve only been in there once to retrieve something.
Just eliminating choices from my morning routine has cut my time getting ready in the morning from 30 minutes to 20 minutes. That’s enough time for me to savor that first cup of coffee out on the deck!
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