The average person makes around 35,000 decisions every day - everything from what to wear to what to eat. As a mom, it's probably even more because you are also deciding what your kids wear and eat.
I'm always looking for ways to cut decisions out of my life, which is why I love standardization -- adding routines and formulas into your life. Here are some examples:
Weekly meal formulas. Take the stress out of meal planning by working off a formula for your week: For example, Asian on Monday, tacos on Tuesdays, and burgers on Wednesday. This can also be done by protein. More ideas here.
Standing social events. My close mom group in NYC had a Friday happy hour where we'd rotate bringing wine to one of our houses. With no real planning, I was able to see my closest friends regularly. Other ideas: book clubs, running groups or standing playground meet-ups.
Mommy's night out. Designate one night a week as Mommy's night out where either you have a standing sitter or your husband has kid-duty. Then you can schedule your friend dinners, work events, etc. without having to book separate childcare.
Weekly work formulas. I designate certain days of the week for specific tasks to ensure I'm progressing all of my goals each week and protecting time for deep work. For example, I write most of these emails on Thursday mornings and do most of my deep program design on Mondays.
What have you standardized in your life? I'd love more ideas!
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