Decision fatigue is a real thing, especially for mamas. I was going to joke and say that mamas make 5,329 decisions every day (because that seemed like a lot). Then, I googled how many decisions does an adult make in a day? and every search result said that we make 35,000 decisions every day.
Wow. It's no wonder we experience decision fatigue.
One way to cope with several of these 35,000 decisions is to automate your life when possible. Automating aspects of our lives is helpful because we make the decision once, and then proceed as normal, following the automation we have set in place.
Automation determines how and when the task will be completed and there is no more stress surrounding when or if the tasks will get done. I have found a lot of peace and freedom by automating certain areas of my life, especially regarding my schedule.
Assign tasks to specific parts of the day.
While coffee brews first thing in the morning, I unload the dishwasher. When a meal is over, I immediately load the dishes into the dishwasher. These are decisions I no longer have to make because I made a decision once and have proceeded accordingly since then.
At the end of the day, my husband, Matt, takes out our kitchen trash. We have been surprised by how helpful that has been. I was always stressing about how much I could stuff into the trash can, wondering why it was so stinky or procrastinating on taking the trash out.
Now, Matt takes it out at the end the day and it never gets stinky. The bags are smaller and they fit better into the trash can than waiting until a trash bag is overflowing.
Assign tasks to specific days of the week.
For example, on Mondays, I do our laundry (read about how we do laundry all in one day) and vacuum while we are home. On Thursdays, I meal plan and I grocery shop on Fridays. I clean on Tuesdays or Wednesdays depending on our schedule. I can handle making the decision about cleaning because it's one of the few decisions I am making regarding our housekeeping needs each week.
Assign specific types of meals to each day of the week for our meal plan.
This is the schedule we follow right now:
Saturday: roast/nicer meal
Sunday: BBQ/grill (or soup during the winter)
Monday: Tacos/burritos (easy meal because it’s laundry day)
Tuesday: meatball variations (Kirkland frozen meatballs – are amazingly versatile. Check out the link for five ways to serve them from The Lazy Genius Collective.)
Wednesday: chicken thighs/breasts
Thursday: bean/vegetarian night
Friday: Costco or frozen pizza night!
When I meal plan each week, I refer to the list above and plug in meals that work for our family. This helps me to avoid reinventing the wheel every week.
What have you automated in your daily or weekly schedule? Comment below! Here's to automating a few of the 35,000 decisions we make every day.