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Decision fatigue has a way of interfering with our productivity levels and adding grief to our lives. Over time, this risks wearing down our self-esteem to the point where our sense of self-worth starts to revolve around superficiality, bad habits, and other common personal weaknesses. this is why it is important to know how to simplify your life and build your self esteem.
While it doesn’t work for everyone, making the single decision to simplify your life will lead to having to make fewer decisions over time. This can drastically help to cut down on decision fatigue, which will improve self-esteem in the process.
Here are some effective ways to simplify your life:
Own less than 100 items
If you’re home, take a look around and count the number of possessions you have within view. Chances are you’ll be beyond 100 before long. Try and reduce the number of things you own down to less than 100. It might sound impossible and ill-advised, but the “100 things challenge” has been a popular tenet of the minimalist lifestyle for years. Give it a try and you’ll see how a happy and productive life is possible without owning so much stuff.
Wear only one outfit
Deciding what to wear is one of the biggest sources of stress and anxiety for people. This can be remedied by only wearing one outfit. Browse wholesale clothing & apparel sites to buy the same shirt, pants, and sweater in bulk. Find comfortable shoes you like to wear and purchase several pairs. With few exceptions, wear this same outfit every day. This cuts out the stress and anxiety of picking your outfit and eliminates the worries of whether or not you look good. You look great!
Stick to a set schedule
This will be the easiest or hardest thing to do, depending on the type of person you are. Many readers no doubt already stick to a set schedule with little deviation. Others like to live life day to day and couldn’t imagine having it any other way. Free spirits ought to consider the benefits of a strict weekly schedule. It helps with sleep, diet, exercise, and productivity. Improving these factors will undoubtedly help strengthen your self-esteem.
Buy the same groceries
Take a few hours on a day off and optimize your grocery list. This means figuring out what to buy so that a week or so’s worth of meals can be made with little to no wastage. By restricting your grocery shopping to the same items and then sticking to the same list of recipes, you remove the decision making stress that goes with figuring out what’s for dinner every day. This doesn’t mean eating spaghetti every Sunday and meatloaf every Monday; mix it up by randomizing which meals are served on which days.
Don’t be a robot
In conclusion, we don’t want to make it sound like life is best when acting like a robot. Being spontaneous and switching things up now and then is important. It’s what makes us human. Steps towards simplification are a solution for managing the majority of our time but should leave open the option to try something new now and then. The key is making sure you’re able to maintain good habits rather than slip back into bad ones.
Making decisions has a way of beating us up from the inside. Too many of them will leave us feeling down in the dumps, and our self-esteem suffers as a result. Fix this by drastically simplifying your life, which will lead to fewer decisions and more self-esteem.
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Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach (DipLC), Teacher (MA) and author of Self Esteem Secrets. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run More-SelfEsteem.com since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Confidence.