I’ve been trying out a little trick that I learned from Shawn Blanc. Every night, I choose my clothes for the next morning.
This is no unique, innovative idea, of course; making sure that you have pressed shirts & pants is a night-before practice for many, and some parents encourage their school-aged kids to pre-choose clothes, as a time-saving trick for busy mornings (and to make sure dirty clothes are identified before drop-off!).
Shawn's explanation for trying this practice is twofold:
For one, it is a way to build personal integrity. To say that you’re going to do something, and then actually follow through with it, regularly, begins to tell your own self that you are trustworthy. You can begin to build momentum from the pride & confidence you have in yourself as being able to do what you set out to complete.
Secondly, your present self is making life easier for your future self. It sounds silly, and maybe it is! All I know is that nighttime me is not particularly taxed by picking out what I will wear the next day, but morning me is incredibly grateful to have a thought-out, assembled outfit ready to go without beginning the day with the litany of choice.
It doubles for me as a simple way to grab my clothes in the dark and get ready before everyone else in the house has woken up. I’m a morning person, and I’ve always liked being dressed for the day as opposed to wearing my pyjamas, so it works for me.
Weekends are a different story, but this has become my weekday routine. I think it may be a gateway into more tidiness, as well. I can see the effect creeping into my life elsewhere, too.
What do you think? Want to try it?
Mystery novels have often appealed to people with jobs that are never fully resolved (doctors, pastors, social workers). In this cultural era of many-problems-few-resolutions, reading a good mystery can be a refreshing break.
Our 12-year old daughter is the most avid, prolific reader I know! We teamed up to create a list of mysteries for all ages of independent readers. The recos below are listed with increasing age levels in mind, but no specific age parameters (as a mature, well-read, near-teen, she has read up to Agatha Christie on this list).
Our 11-year old computer is showing creaky signs of age, just about ready to go to sleep (and never wake up). But, we feel that it has served us well. When I compare it to other expenses over the years, the laptop is — at about a $100/year investment — one of our best value-for-dollar belongings.
When shopping for items like this, how do we choose well? How do we discern what brand/style/variety is built to last? Or, how do we determine even if “built to last” is relevant to the purchase?