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The Purge: Spring Cleaning Donation

The Purge: Spring Cleaning Donation

When I was doing research for my post on decision fatigue, I came across an interesting article about reducing your closet to a 30-piece wardrobe. The author’s aim was to minimize her life and wardrobe by reducing her choices. This is the premise for reducing decision fatigue.

This was my inspiration as well. I wanted to make my life easier by getting rid of clothes that I don’t need nor wear. I am a huge proponent of simplifying life and saving my brain for areas that matter. Personally, my wardrobe does not matter that much to me.

This spring, I decided to take “Spring Cleaning” to a whole new level. I purged my closet.

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Think first, decide later – How I reduce decision fatigue throughout my day

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Fun fact: It is estimated that the average adult makes roughly 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. While that number seems outrageous, a study from Cornell University calculated that we make 226.7 decisions solely on food (Wasink and Sobal, 2007). These decisions range greatly in terms of importance. Some decisions may only affect what you’re eating for lunch and some decisions may make or break a multi-million dollar business deal.

The decisions you make ultimately have a psychological impact on your mental well-being; this is known as, “decision fatigue.” In psychology, decision fatigue is the idea of the inverse relationship between the number of decisions an individual makes and the quality of their decisions over time. The choices you make throughout the day come at mental price, and the more choices you have to make during the day, the more prone you are to making poorer decisions as your day progresses. Think of your mental capacity as your bank account and each decision you make is a mental withdrawal. If you spend your brain power carelessly, then the quality of your choices will be affected by the low balance in mental capacity.

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How successful people make the most out of their mornings

How successful people make the most out of their mornings

Coffee is a staple in many morning routines. Source Dunk’nJoe

It’s Sunday night and you’re getting settled for bed. You need to be up at 7 a.m., so you set an alarm for 6:40 a.m. and snooze your way through 3-5 alarms until you wake up around 7 a.m…ish. To start your day, do you brew some coffee and start cooking breakfast? Check your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts? Open up snaps from friends? Respond to emails from the previous day? Stretch? Workout? What does your morning routine look like?

If you’re a multi-billionaire, media mogul, like Oprah Winfrey, you wake up between 5:30 and 6 a.m., find yourself in the gym first thing in the morning, in a chair for hair and makeup around 7:30 and film two shows before lunch.

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