At the break of dawn every day, millions of people just like you and I wake up. Start with their daily routine which would be something like getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, washing your face, preparing breakfast, dressing up for work and travel to work. But if you think about it, most of this early morning routine, is something which we normally do automatically without even realizing, what people would call as working on autopilot.
Humans by nature are creatures of habit. And these tasks that we do on autopilot are basically deeply ingrained habits which our brains have learnt to do with the maximum level of optimization, thereby making them very little energy consuming or draining tasks. Think of a life where a whole lot more of your life would be like this, on autopilot without your energy being intact and not drained, so that at the end of the day you don’t feel like you fought a major battle and came back without a will to do pretty much anything.
We might not even realize it, but our daily lives are riddled with tons of decisions. Decisions which are seemingly minor, but when you have a lot of it, it’s a lot of energy being expended. Things like, “What should I wear for work today?”, “What should I prepare for breakfast?”, “Do I need to put my clothes for wash today?”, “What do I need to buy for lunch today?” Trust me, this is extremely draining due to a cumulative effect and takes a lot of time and energy out of your day. All this, in turn disallow you from using your time for doing anything useful as the day progresses.
So, what can you do about it?
There definitely is something that can be done. The first step is to identify. You would need to aware of your daily work, from the time you wake up to the time you sleep. This would take some time, but it is time well spent if you think about it in the long run. You would realize that there are so many decisions that you could actually just eliminate out of your life by simply planning for these decisions ahead of time, things which I mentioned earlier like “What should I prepare for breakfast?”. Decisions which are mundane, repetitive are the ones that we should target.
The next step would be to list out all of these decisions that you need to automate. Create a simple plan, put clear answers to your questions. For example, prepare a calendar for the next week and list out all the items that you typically prepare for breakfast and just write them down ahead of time for each day. The best part about automating such decisions, is that you end up optimizing not only your regular day but the rest of your life as well, you end up spending less because you already know what you need to buy and how much. It is a cascading effect of positivity into the rest of your life.
Following your listing and schedule that you have created for your mundane decisions, put your plan into action, maybe create a sheet or a calendar either by hand or digitally and start following it. The first few days or even weeks might be really difficult to follow because this is something you are doing out of your regular routine; your body and mind need time to adjust to it. The only thing that we should not do during this time is to give up. Stick to this routine until it becomes a habit. You end up putting these decisions on autopilot. Your mind feels so much more relaxed and fresher to do so many more important things in life. You will truly feel the positive effects of taking these steps.
You might wonder, is this even working? Well, to tell the truth I used to be like every other person, without a plan. But once I put this into effect in my life, it feels so much better. I am already much healthier, stronger, relaxed and planned for the next day and by effect the next year and the rest. In my upcoming days I will create a simple planning sheet for you all based on my own findings in my life.
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