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How To Save Time, Energy, & Brainpower Getting Dressed

During an average day, most adults have numerous decisions to make both at home and away.  One of those decisions should not be, “what am I going to wear today”?  Figuring out what to wear every day is not only a waste of time, money, and energy, but it can also hinder your decision-making process when it comes to more serious situations.

Have you ever come home from work on a Monday and plopped down on the bed or couch completely drained mentally and physically?  It feels so good at first, but then reality sets in.  You may have clocked out for the day, but work is not over.  Most likely it’s either afternoon or evening so it’s time to eat and prepare yourself to do it all over again tomorrow. 

Any time you can squeeze out of that for leisure (which won’t be much) will quickly move faster than usual.  Before you know it the alarm clock is blaring and the moon passes the baton to the sun.

There are those people who are efficiently versed in planning out their day the night or week before.  But, I’m here to tell you even those people are not totally utilizing their time and energy effectively. 

Sure you could spend one day picking out, ironing and hanging your clothes up for the week or even do it before bed each night, but what does that really accomplish?  When you wake up in the morning you will still find yourself trying to figure out what you “feel like wearing today”.  Don’t think this is that big of a deal?  Maybe I can change your mind.

“Take Albert Einstein. It has been reported that the famous physicist bought several versions of the same grey suit because he didn’t want to waste brainpower on choosing an outfit each morning.”

I go on these research binges sometimes where I want to get inside the head of individuals who were not only successful but had a style and personality all their own.  When one of the greatest innovative minds of our time died a few years back I just had to find out more about him. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson it gave me some insight into this visionary that I never knew about.  When all was said and done and I satisfied my curiosity there was still one thing on my mind; The damn jeans and black turtleneck all the time.

Of course, I got you some third-party research to back up my thoughts.  The Forbes article, Steve Jobs Always Dressed Exactly the Same. Here’s Who Else Does, lends the hand this time.  From Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein to the former President of The United State, Barack Obama, there have been many successful people who were known to have a self-imposed dress code. 

When you think about it wearing a self-styled “uniform” so to speak is obviously a great way to save time, energy, and brainpower.  One less thing to worry about each day. 

Every extra second you get to yourself is precious and this is a great way to get some points back on the good old scoreboard of LIFE.  But I bet there’s not one but TWO extra benefits here that some of you never thought about. I will admit I did not.

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

So you set out on your quest to pick out your new “uniform” and gleefully chuck your old clothes out a window.  Believe it or not, this is going to be one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make in your life.  When you’re done and your hard-earned money is gone you will be left with a closet full of the same identical pants shirts and shoes. 

People may think you’re crazy, lazy, or for those who don’t know you well, a dirty person who wears the same clothes every day.  On top of all of this, you may eventually get bored and want to go fall back on your old ways.  Yea, I’m giving you the pros and the cons.  Trust me, you’ll want to hang in there for the good news.

Alongside all the “maybes” that could ironically make your life a little more stressful, there are a few positive FACTS that might tip the scale for you here.  By picking an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks every time you wear it you will be in a constant state of comfort which will most likely come alongside a heaping pile of confidence.  In addition, everyone will know who you are. 

Even if they don’t know your name you will be that guy or girl who’s always dressed in _______.   Naturally, you’d think it’s only the flashy dressers that get remembered, but ironically it’s the people with the repetitive wardrobe that stick in our minds. 

Don’t believe me?  Close your eyes and think of Steve Jobs or James Dean right now.  What are they wearing?

You don’t necessarily have to wear EXACTLY the same thing every day for this to work.  Wearing a specific color every day works just as well.  Even if you had different black tops and bottoms, working with one color makes things easier because you are always guaranteed to match. 

To make things a little bit easier, you could start off with just black pants and shoes and work your way up to the shirt.  Even if you stayed right there, deciding what shirt to wear is a lot easier than putting together a whole outfit that coordinates well. 

Black pants and shoes match with just about anything.  If your job requires a consistent professional appearance, black suits and dresses even in different styles will be effective as well.  Just make sure you wear the same color shit every day with the suits. 

Picking out a shirt to wear with your black suit can prove more difficult to do in this situation as opposed to just adding to pants by themselves as mentioned above.

So what do we end up with here?  A time, energy, and brainpower saving, confidence building, stress relieving, comfort enhancing, way to simultaneously get dressed and leave your mark on this planet that is guaranteed to be remembered by many people. 

Makes sense now doesn’t it?  Just to put things in perspective, imagine Superman struggling to pick out which cape to wear while a bus full of school kids is falling from a ledge. 

What do you think about this idea?  Did I clearly explain how to save time, energy, and brain power getting dresses? leave a reply in the comment box below.

If you’re looking for some other ways to activate your mind, Greg Thurston says he can help you obtain MINDFULNESS.  Click here for more info. 

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