It’s a real thing, mamas.
Many time management experts would urge you to keep a schedule of your to-dos tackle your biggest and hardest task first thing in the morning, so that it’s out of the way right off the bat.
And no, accomplishing a bunch of the little things first won’t get you pumped up to do that one big thing that’s just waiting to be crossed off. It’ll actually end up doing the opposite.
Did you ever play video games where you had a “strength bar” or a “health bar” where as you kept taking punches or balls of fire to the face, the bar kept decreasing? We kind of have that in real life too, but in like a less dramatic and dangerous way.
When we wake up, we’re all nice and refreshed (hopefully) from a good night’s sleep. As long as the baby hasn’t robbed us of our z’s, our “decision bandwidth” bar refreshes and gets powered up for the next day. The minute we wake up and start making decisions, that bar decreases with every choice we need to make.
Ever notice that setting out what the kids are going to wear the night before, and pre-packing all the stuff they’ll need for whatever – daycare, school, a trip to anywhere – makes you feel so relaxed in this easy, breezy way? Like, “oh hey – we’re going somewhere, and we can leave our house like regular people.” No 100 yard dash to get last minute items, and realizing that you prrrobably should have left 18 minutes ago.
That’s exactly because our decision bandwidth is stable. No decrease, no balls of fire to the face, no stress. When we simply have to grab a bag and go, simply have to load the dishwasher and press the button, or simply have to click a button online and things are done for us – we are happy.
Simplicity = Happiness.
Check out this study done by Schick Intuition:
The old song got it right: Don’t Worry, Be Happy. If we don’t have to worry about Every.Little.Decision. that we make, we’re happier for it.
If you’ve ever downloaded an app onto your phone – it was probably because you wanted to make it easier and simpler to do something, right? Simpler to take a photo or video, simpler to chart your cycle, to communicate with your friends, to listen to music, to be entertained, to access your bank account, to buy something, to remember anything, to have every relevant coupon this week in your pocket, to know the score, or to wake up on time.
We love knocking out two birds with one stone, because that leaves us with more time to do other things. And as moms, our list of “other things” is pretty lengthy. It also makes us feel like we’ve hacked the system: like “old us” would’ve taken 10 minutes to do something that “new us” now gets done in 3.
Since my shower time is pretty limited nowadays with a toilet-brush-obsessed toddler just waiting to attack the bowl, I need to make sure that I’m in and out as quickly as possible. Not minding my time would result in a new pond formation in the middle of my bathroom floor. (As fun as it would be to clean that up… *eyeroll*) With Schick Intuition cutting down the amount of time needed to lather, shave and moisturize, it also cuts down the amount of time spent in a slow panic every time I see Sweet Pea inching towards that corner of the bathroom while I’m trapped behind the shower door.
Do you practice voluntary simplicity? What are your life-simplifying hacks? Share in the comments!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Schick Intuition. All opinions are honest and my own, as always!