Because I'm an anthropologist, I have no management training or skills. This has turned out to be a challenge sometimes.
I was randomly watching some TEDx talks (the TED talk style drives me bonkers but it was better than the other trash I could have been watching on the youtubes) and one had this thing on how to make choices or set priorities in work and life situations. Presented by some MBA dude I think. It seems like a handy way for me to do some simplification.
Here's the thingy:
I have done the same thing with bras and undies. One style, one size, one brand. Just buy it. It also means I just keep an eye out for sales or cheap sources. When I'm near a discount clothing store I run through and see if that is there. I buy a few bras and several pairs of undies ahead of the curve so I haven't run out in years.
Automating the stuff you don't love but have to do, frees up mental energy for the stuff you love.
Then there is the "Eliminate"...the first run through the square ended up with a not much in there. That was good to see. I've already eliminated quite a bit of those things I hate and don't have to do. Haircuts...don't like them, don't do them. Last haircut, even trim in fact, was in 1989. Nothing bad has happened. Make-up...never even started. Earrings...never even started. Shaving. Quit years ago (which is why I went to the Dr. to get a mole removed...I used to just hit them with the razor while shaving, now I don't have a razor, and I already paid the Dr for a year of care so let him do it. I will probably take the stitches out myself though. Why drive a half hour for that?).
One big thing in the "Eliminate" box is "listening to other people's opinions on my life choices." I really really really really hate that. It's hard to eliminate though unless I completely give up talking to people or answering their stupid questions. I guess I can try that "be a mirror not a sponge" thing when they start talking and just stare blankly and think of other things.
Eliminating that stuff frees up even more time, money and mental energy for the top two boxes...things I love whether I have to do them or not. Interesting. Very interesting.