Make Over Your Mornings: Day 12

December 9, 2015


Day 12 is all about endurance and ways to eliminate decision fatigue. I have to admit, I didn’t even know that decision fatigue had a name or what it was! But once I heard this lesson I totally agree that it’s a thing and something that does happen at our house often!
Dinner time is one huge area where I let decision fatigue affect our family.  I am a HUGE believer in meal planning.  I’ve been doing it for years.  But there are times when we get busy or I don’t want to put forth the effort to sit down and make a plan.  Then life happens – and before I know it it’s dinner time and everyone is hungry and no one can make a decision about what to eat.  Am I the only one that experiences this?  It leads us to bad dinners – just making food for the kids or going out to eat – or throwing something together that no one likes, which makes me feel like we just wasted the food.

I love this quote from lesson 12.  Progress will not magically happen without you exerting some sustained effort.  My mornings will not magically start to be smooth if I don’t put forth effort at night.  My dinner times will not magically work out if I don’t sit down and make a meal plan.

Part of eliminating “decision fatigue” is simplifying your life in certain areas so you don’t have to make so many decisions.  Crystal talks about having a minimalist wardrobe.  My wardrobe pretty much consists of tees from target and a good pair of jeans. But my closet could really withstand a good make over to reflect that.  I don’t really need to keep items that don’t fit or that I don’t wear just for the sake of holding on to them.

For me, eliminating decision fatigue means planning our meals out so I can go through the week, or two weeks, with dinner time on autopilot.  

So today after this lesson I sat down with my planner and looked at the whole month.  I planned out as much as I could.  We usually always do a crock pot meal on Thursdays because I work at my husband’s office that day.  Friday we always have pizza, that is super easy and always a good reward since we clean the house on Friday’s too.  Throw in a couple other family favorites and I’m done!

I used to have a cute dry erase board that I could display on the counter, but since we are living with my father in law right now, I’ve just used a magnet pad of paper on the fridge.  I would love to make this system work a little better for me in 2016.  I am currently working on revamping my planner system for 2016 and how I run things.  I found this one on Amazon, but this board is one that I really really love.  I love that you can reuse it and that everyone can see it easily, and it’s kinda cute too!

Do you meal plan?  I would love to know how you do it!
Do you experience decision fatigue?  In what area?  
How could you simply your life so you don’t have too make so many decisions?

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