3 Daily Tasks You Need to Standardize
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How much energy do you want to give to your daily tasks? That’s the real question we’re here to answer.
After all, we call them “tasks” because they aren’t activities that we enjoy doing. They’re not activities that make us feel fulfilled or energized. And yet, they need to be done for whatever reason.
Still, we have a limited amount of decision-making energy to expend each day. So, we have to decide how much energy we want to give to our daily tasks, and standardizing your daily tasks will make that choice easier for you.
When you standardize your daily tasks, you’ll be able to conserve your decision-making energy. That way you’ll have more energy for the fulfilling activities you enjoy — the ones that are going to lead to your personal development.
So, what daily tasks do you need to standardize? Generally speaking, I think you should standardize any tasks that you perform often and purely out of necessity.
Plus, I think it’s super important to standardize the daily tasks you perform first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Why? Because a standard morning routine and bedtime routine give your body clues so that it knows it’s either time to wake up and get going or time to go to sleep. A routine will make your days run more smoothly, and you’ll get better rest at night.
But, I was asked by Gretel to narrow the list down to 3 specific daily tasks, so I have.
- Your food consumption. We have to eat, right? Most of the time, we’re eating out of necessity, not for pleasure. And, when you really think about it, eating can use up a lot of decision-making energy. That being the case, your food consumption needs to be standardized. I eat the exact same thing for breakfast and lunch all week. I eat pretty much the same snacks. And, I plan out dinners with my husband one night a week so we don’t have to think about it again.
- Your wardrobe selection. Again, we have to get dressed, right? And, most of the time we’re getting dressed out of necessity, not for pleasure. So we don’t want to use up our decision-making energy on this daily task. Instead, you can standardize this part of your day by rotating your closet. Now that I work at home, I just throw on whatever. But, when I used to get dressed for work, I would rotate my shirts so the ones I wore last were on the right side of my closet, and I would hang clean ones up on the left side of the closet. This way, I wore whatever came up next. I knew I hadn’t worn it in awhile. And, I didn’t use up any of my decision-making energy.
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The Third Daily Task
You Need to Standardize
3. Your break time. Okay, now this one doesn’t sound like a daily task because it sounds like something you might enjoy doing. But that’s not the point of a break time. It’s not meant to be enjoyed, necessarily. It’s meant to restore your energy and is just as important as eating and getting dressed. And that’s why you should look at it as a daily task — something that needs to be done. I used to be very bad at giving myself a break time, but I’ve standardized it. I take my break at the same time every day, and I do the same thing during my break every day. So, there’s no decision-making energy involved, and I do it without giving it much thought at all.
What would you add to the list? What daily tasks have you standardized? And what results have you noticed? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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- Your food consumption. Plan your dinners, and eat the same breakfasts/lunches to simplify things.
- Your wardrobe selection. Rotate your closet so you don’t have to think about what to wear next.
- Your break time. It’s just as necessary as eating and getting dressed, so take the thought process out of it.
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