Productivity Hack: Take The Decision Away From The Moment

Okay, so I’ve been pulling myself out of a bit of a system breakdown lately.

Confession: I’ve never been the kind of person to procrastinate. I like knowing what I need to do and when I need to do it, and I definitely don’t like leaving things to the last minute. That’s when my Anxiety Ninja comes out to play, and I hate that bitch.

So I like to keep her locked up. Preferably in a dark closet where no one visits her, because I’m mean like that. Okay, I think I’ve gotten a bit off topic here…moving on.


The reason I fell into system breakdown mode is because I stopped making planning a priority and by the end of the day I’d suffer from what some might refer to as decision fatigue.

Basically, my brain is freaking tired. If you follow me on twitter, you already know that by the end of the day I can’t even be trusted to make a decision around what to eat for dinner.

The way I combat this in my daily life usually is to take the decision away from the moment. That’s why I’ve always been a big fan of planning. I just like knowing things.

I like to think of it as designing my day. While I try not to deviate from the daily plan, everything is loose and flexible. This habit has become especially handy now that I work for myself. The system breakdown I’ve been suffering through lately could be a very easy and comfortable place to unpack my bags and live. I don’t want to do that.

So how do you take the decision out of the moment? Well, here you go.

  • Meal plan. This doesn’t only save you dollar bills at the grocery store and prevent you from wasting food, it helps if you’re like me and suffer from decision fatigue at the end of the day. Knowing what to prepare/what you’re having for dinner eliminates the what do I feel like dilemma.
  • Schedule cleaning. Coming up with a cleaning schedule keeps you from dreading surprised guests…or running out of underwear. Your days are busy, I get it. If you leave cleaning up to when you have a free moment, you know you won’t do it. Trust me, I know…I spent too many hours folding clothes this weekend. When you break your cleaning down daily tasks, you also avoid spending hours on one specific task. Fun tip: Maintaining a clean house is less work than cleaning a dirty one. Scheduling it out also forces me to keep up with it–because once something is on my todo list, it’s harder for me to ignore.
  • Schedule tasks. This one comes particularly handy for me as a business owner. It’d be really easy to fall into the Netflix trap or the overwhelm trap. In order to avoid both of these, I take some time on Sunday evening to plan out my week. I pay close attention to deadlines making sure to offer myself enough time for revisions and life. Knowing exactly when I’ll tackle a certain project or task helps keep me from feeling like I have too much.
  • Designate days. I typically work out on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Knowing that helps me avoid the guilt of “missing” a workout on a Monday. I typically hit the Chiropractor on Wednesdays and Fridays, that lets me know I can set up shop at the Amelie’s down the street so those would be good days to knock out content. Knowing your habits helps you to be productive.
In this case, it also comes in handy that I’m a creature of habit. I tend to eat the same thing for breakfast daily (some variation of egg/turkey bacon/ carb. Right now it’s literally 1 scrambled egg, 2 pieces of turkey bacon microwaved for 2 minutes wrapped in a paper towel, and a piece of sour dough bread).
Recognizing your habits can help you plan out your week/day/life. Taking the decision out of the moment also helps avoid the emotions tied to that decision. The most specific example I can come up for this is that I write my book chapters on Sundays. I don’t get to decide if I want to write them on that day because it’s literally the only time I set aside weekly for it. If I don’t do it, there won’t be a book 2. Sometimes I don’t feel like it, but I make myself get over that.
Planning helps you avoid that whole avoidance thing.
Promise.
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4 Comments

  1. Jen

    August 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I'm a creature of habit as well and that can be both a good and bad thing depending on the situation.

  2. Nadine Lynn

    August 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I am a big fan of meal planning each week and having days designated for certain tasks. Like for me, I clean the house on Saturdays, do laundry on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesdays, grocery shop and meal plan on Sundays. And I have certain workouts planned for certain days to be sure I fit those in too!

  3. Irene Thayer

    August 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

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  4. Becky Dougherty

    August 28, 2016 at 3:00 am

    I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who eats the same thing for breakfast almost every day. I'm SO not a morning person, so that just takes extra stress out of the start to my day. As I'm heading back to work, I know I need to get in gear and get back to planning. There are few things that I hate more than coming home from work and not knowing what I'm going to make for dinner. Thanks for the reminder that making a plan can really make life a lot less stressful! 🙂

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