“Routinize” the Mundane

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~Avoid Decision Fatigue While Saving Time and Effort~

Another great post from Arvin Lal (arvinsworld).

Advice can be a helpful thing if it’s given by the right person at the right time.

How do you know who to take advice from? Ask yourself if that person is where you want to be in life, or if that person seems genuinely happy.

When it comes to feedback, I am open to hearing it from anyone. Whether you’re the janitor or the CEO of a company, my ears are open and if it makes sense we go that route.

When it comes to the direction of where to take your life, or how high you want to take your level of achievement, align yourself with the people who are already there.

If I told you my entire day was centered around efficiency and productivity, like having my meals cut when prepped so it takes 4 minutes instead of 10 minutes to eat, or that I have my barber come to me once a week so that I don’t have to spend 2 hours in traffic getting to the shop, or adding some entertainment to the terrace since my doctor said I needed more Vitamin D, you would think I was a little nuts.

That’s exactly the thinking that reassures me that I am doing the right things to succeed.

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When I look at people I want to align with, I think of Steve Jobs, who wore the same black mock turtle neck, jeans, and New Balances every day so he wouldn’t have to waste his time picking an outfit in the morning. Other’s who have decided to wear the same outfits are Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama. Because making too many decisions about mundane details is a waste of your mental energy, a limited resource.

If you want to have more mental resources and energy throughout the day, you should identify the aspects of your life that you consider mundane — and then “routinize” those aspects as much as possible, trust me.

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