Page 50 - March 2021 Hustle Mama Magazine
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 While Mark Zuckerberg's wardrobe is minimal, he isn't alone in limiting his clothing choices. Designer Vera Wang, despite creating some of the most beautiful and extravagant wedding dresses globally, limits her wardrobe to a handful of basics, all in black. Designer Michael Kors also keeps to a sleek black wardrobe of blazer, t-shirt, pants, and loafers.
Simple Meals Save Time
Many people eat the same breakfast and lunch day after day, but Norwegians take "boring" meals one step further. In Norway, almost everyone brings precisely the same type of lunch to work each day, and this habit may be one reason why Norway has one of the highest scores for quality of life in the world. Every day around noon, almost all Norwegians reach into their packs for their matpakke, a stack of several slices of brown bread with a thin layer of butter and a piece of cheese, meat pate, or smoked salmon. This stack of open-faced sandwiches is always wrapped in brown paper.
This basic lunch has many advantages: it can be made in a few moments; it can be carried in a backpack without harm or mess; it doesn't require refrigeration or heating, and it can be quickly eaten. This last point is vital. In Norway, lunches last only 30 minutes. These short lunches help keep Norway's working hours among the fastest in the world, an average of just 38.5 hours per week, which helps boost their quality of life.
The Many Benefits of Following a Routine
As the examples above show, routines can be an effective way to maximize your day. Here are some benefits of following a pattern:
Avoiding Decision Fatigue: Every day, we have to make thousands of decisions.
Our brains are always making choices, from the small (which shirt to wear) to the big (which company to award a contract to). Every time we ponder the options and choices, it uses a little bit of mental energy. Our mental energy store is finite, and as it runs out, it becomes more and more challenging to make decisions. This can result in procrastination, snap judgments, and poor decision-making, on top of unnecessary stress.
This is true even when we make fun choices, such as vacation planning or picking items for a registry. For example, one study showed that volunteers enjoyed choosing fantasy items for a hypothetical wedding registry for around four minutes. By minute 12, making decisions — even fun decisions — was exhausting.
Of course, making decisions is an integral part of life. After all, making decisions is how we choose our education, jobs, and life partners.
So, how can we escape needless decision-making and preserve energy for those choices that matter? The answer is to set a routine you don't need to think about for the simple things so that your decision-making abilities are saved for the essential things in life.

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