Make my rules and habits!
April 5, 2010 11:01 AM Subscribe
Please share your systems, rules, habits, routines--I want to minimize my repeated small choices.
posted by lemonade to Grab Bag (60 answers total) 257 users marked this as a favorite
What kinds of rules and habits do you have to allow you to do the things you want to do, without having to actually make a decision in the moment? I find that if I can make an 'every day' habit, or a 'rule' about how to respond in situations, I don't even have to think about what I should be doing and can just automatically do the pre-decided thing I want to do.
For example: I have a 'no work food' rule--I skip all the food that's brought in to work, including meeting cookies and chips, candy and cookies from coworker, etc. This means I don't even think about it, and thus don't have to keep breaking my sugar habit.
Another example: either my husband or I walk the dog twice every day. We don't even think about whether we should go or not, we just do it and I don't even notice the 20 minutes out of my day.
I want to 'pre-decide' as many things as I can, so I can spend more mental energy on the fun stuff, and so I don't get derailed every time I have a tired day. I am going to try out a rule of 'no internet after 6 PM and on Sat and Sun', and am brainstorming other rules and habits: exercise, housework, gardening, to-dos, pets, meditation, music practise, art/creativity...suggestions and examples from your routines?