We talk about having income available, but what about having energy that can be expended to make a decision? When it comes to spending your money, you are making educated decisions to achieve the best desired results. It’s time to adopt the same approach to how decisions are made.
You don’t want to waste your energy on irrelevant choices and be exhausted when the decisive moments of decision come.
1. The way forward is the primary intention.
In his book entitled Intrinsic: the disciplined pursuit of the littleAs Greg McKeown says, “Basic Intent” It is a clear statement that is more specific and measurable than a mission statement and at the same time more inspiring than the quarterly objectives.
When we reduce our work to the basic intent, we make “One decision makes 1,000 decisions.”
Instead of reframing the same everyday decisions that drain your energy, how do you find a permanent solution?
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2. Create a lasting solution to your health goals.
If you’re trying to lose weight or be healthier, do you find yourself engaged in a mental tug of war when choosing to order dessert? Instead, make one decision. I don’t eat sweets instead of telling yourself you’re on a diet.
Some other examples include:
I don’t eat sugar
I don’t drink soft drinks
I don’t drink coffee after 1 pm
I only drink four cups of coffee a day.
Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button even though you vaguely remember that you were supposed to go for a walk?
Often we are not lacking in motivation; We lack clarity. The solution is to define the implementation intent.
This requires setting an intent about when, where and what actions will be taken. Make one decision and you’ll never have to ask about it again: I walk every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday around my building at 7 am.
I am well aware that life is not always so simple, and that things will turn out unexpectedly. But let these days become the exception. Creating a permanent solution will reduce the unnecessary brain drain that results from recycling the same decisions daily.
3. Create a permanent solution to work/harmony in life.
How can you make one decision that brings more harmony to your work days?
· I only check my emails at 10 AM, 1 PM and 4 PM. *
I start work at 8:30
I finish work at 5 pm
I don’t check emails after 1pm on Saturday
I take a thirty minute lunch break every day
* I first read about this strategy for dealing with emails in Tim Ferriss 4-Hour Workweek Book In 2010. At the time, I thought it was a silly solution because the initial idea is what if I miss something urgent?
You’ve learned that your inbox is like a super maze, and that you get stuck there if you take a wrong turn. Every email is another decision, and this can take your decision tank into custody very quickly.
You decide when and how often you check your emails. I assure you that you will receive a phone call if something urgent is sent to you. Sticking to checking emails at specific times of the day is a permanent solution that will free up a lot of mental bandwidth.
Also read 5 ways to create a work-life balance so your job doesn’t ruin your marriage
4. Create a permanent self-care solution.
By making these decisions about your limits, you create a lasting solution to the question of when you can fit them into your self-care routine.
If you decide to start work at 8:30 only, you have all morning to focus on your self-care without feeling guilty.
If the time to quit smoking is 5 pm, there is no excuse to spend time with your family with a clear conscience.
If you find yourself in a permanent brain fog not because you are physically tired but mentally exhausted, think about how you can start creating more durable solutions.