#ThriveLife Day 23: Reduce Number of Choices

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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I always wanted a wardrobe like Cher from the movie Clueless.

Every morning she’d go shopping in her own closet with the help of her inventory computer and revolving hanger that allowed her to see the hundreds of tops, skirts and Jimmy Choos.

So many choices—and only seven days to wear them all.

Sigh. Life’s hard.

(Although Cher never repeated an outfit).

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty indecisive.

And I want to have my cake and eat it to.

For instance:

  • Shopping at Nordstrom, do I want to buy the white or black top? Can’t decide? When in doubt, my philosophy is: Buy both!
  • Chicken or salmon? A little bit of both please!
  • Which college to apply to? I applied to all 13.
  • Which book to pack in my bag for the plane ride? I pack 4 or 5.
  • Jeans or white pants? I also pack both (in my suitcase)

I don’t like choosing.

And when I have LOTS of options…I get overwhelmed.

Hello #thrivelife project: Today your mission is to reduce the number of choices or decisions you have to make—on the daily.

Today, your mission is to focus on a “less is more philosophy.”


Look at it this way: If you have a closet full of outfits with 50 shoes, 50 tops, 30 pairs of earings and 10 purses, it requires a relatively highamount of psychological energy just to get dressed every day. That is energy you could use on something else.

The same thing goes for other areas of your life like:

  • Things you are committed to
  • Tasks or to-dos you take on your list
  • Workout and nutrition rules you keep
  • Food prep and meals (feeling like you always have to cook a new recipe or eat something exciting)
  • To work out or not workout?
  • Should I take time off or work?
  • Boring unnecessary tasks (that you wonder IF you should or shouldn’t do)

What draining decisions do you face daily that you could avoid by making the decision one time in advance and then sticking to the routine?

Reduce the number of decisions you have to make in a day, by aligning your schedule, daily to-dos and choices with your own bigger vision and goals for your day, week, month and beyond.

Get clear on your own priorities at the beginning of each week, by looking at your calendar, and penciling in the tasks and priorities that you need to do (like work tasks and adulating obligations), as well as things you want to do (like a ‘day off’ from work, or a social event with a friend).

Pre-planning already helps you take some thought and decision out of it.

Then, on the food, fitness, and wardrobe fronts: Think about simplifying.

  • Set your workout schedule in advance—the times or classes you want to go to; or even the particular workouts you want to do
  • Decide on 2 or 3 recipes or dishes you will make that week (instead of 7 to 10); or even 2 to 3 “go to” meals for your breakfasts, lunches and dinners—instead of feeling the need to always vary it up
  • Clean out your closet! (Seriously liberating!). Donate anything you haven’t worn in a year. Turn all your hangers around, and over the course of the next 4-8 weeks, if you still have hangars that haven’t been turned back to the normal way, consider adding them to the donation pile as well. Select 5-7 “go-to” outfits (and perhaps vary the color of the top with those same pants), and work those into your rotation. Less is more. (#minimalism!)

As for the daily decisions of A or B or C…Go with your gut instinct. Make a decision. And don’t turn back. Move on.

Stop making it so complicated.

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