After The Jump: Avoiding Decision Fatigue and Making Room for Creativity (MP3)

by Grace Bonney

For this season’s radio shows, I’m trying a new format for a bit. Rather than single-person interviews, I’m inviting small groups of 2-3 people on air to discuss a larger, over-arching topic that is important to the creative community. From copyright and copying to inspiration and education, we’re going to cover so many issues that are relevant to not just the artists we support here, but the people reading as well. I’ve written down a wide range of topics that span the full length of life/work issues and have invited some of my favorite artists, writers and business owners to come join me to share their thoughts, advice and concerns.

To start the series, I invited the people I spent most of my time with- my co-workers at Design*Sponge. Max and Amy joined me on-air yesterday to discuss a topic we’ve been kicking around at the office for a while now: Streamlining Your Life. Inspired by fall fashion and home trends, namely the return to utilitarianism and things that are practical but still beautiful, we decided to talk about ways we could apply that concept to everything in our personal and work lives to make our day-to-day schedule easier and less stressful. From the actual “uniforms” we wear to work (we each have our own set way of dressing that is a safe go-to every day) to what we eat and how we exercise, we discussed these daily rituals alongside the rituals we use for work productivity. The goal is to avoid decision fatigue and I hope the ideas and tips we shared in this episode are useful. If nothing else, I hope it inspires a few people to try my new obsession- Task Rabbit. We talked about some great new apps, books and online tool in the episode so I hope you’ll find them useful! Thanks for listening- xo, grace

LISTEN: You can download the podcast on iTunes here, or stream it here on Heritage Radio.

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  • Very interesting! I struggle with this daily, with work I constantly have to make multiple on the spot decisions, by the end of the day I don’t want to put any more though into anything like what to eat for dinner or where to go for drinks. Just downloaded the podcast on Itunes, looking forward to hearing some good tips.

  • I love when the spongers discuss life topics like these! It was amazing. Thank you!!! I could listen for hours.

  • I cannot express how much I love After the Jump. Even though I work in education, I always find information that I can relate to my job, which is why I love listening to the podcast on my walk to work. The artist interviews are also a great source of inspiration. Thank you Grace & the Design*Sponge team for creating and producing this show!

  • Good conversation with interesting ideas to try. I just requested “Daily Rituals” from the library. Grace, I really enjoy After the Jump. Your topics and guests are interesting, and I’m always impressed with how articulate you are. And you have a thoughtful take on life issues. Thanks.

  • Really loved this! I’m working on streamlining my closet – selling/donating a bunch of stuff and trying to stick to just a few key outfits. It’s really making my mornings much easier and happier – instead of looking at a ton of clothes I only sort-of like, I get to open a closet full of clothes I love!

  • I really enjoy the DS podcasts but I especially like the ones like these that help people keep it real. Thanks guys! :-)

    P.S. I’ve got a uniform for work and standardized breakfast and lunch–it really does make life a lot less stressful. :-)

  • I had to streamline my life for years for many reasons. The main one is that I inherited my father’s scatterbrainess (apparently it’s called ADD now, suffice to say he set the house on fire 4x because he was distracted) and I really don’t want to set anything on fire so I had to create systems otherwise I would I would not be able to get out the door in under 4 hours.

    I have a lot of personal rules that keep me sane and I won’t go into them however the one that keeps me on track is:

    “Don’t start Activity B until you have cleaned up after Activity A.”

    I wish I could take credit for this brilliant rule but I can’t. I learned it from living across the street from a daycare. The kids always were instructed to put everything away outside before going inside for the next activity. Surely if a 4 year old can master this concept, so could I?

  • I cannot wait to listen to this. I think about this topic often.
    And…My dad actually turned me on to task rabbit a while ago- have no idea where he first learned about it! It’s a neat service and also a great way to get more comfy with delegating if you’re not originally a “natural”. Like dipping a toe in! : )

  • Oh, man, I loved this episode!
    I loved hearing all of your daily rituals. I sort of assumed that you’d all have crazy rituals (I don’t know why or where that assumption came from) so it was interesting to hear that you simplify certain aspects of your lives in order to maximize your creativity where it counts. Now I’m eagerly waiting for the Daily Rituals book to arrive. Sounds like the perfect book for nosy readers like me:)
    Special thanks to Max for the introduction to Splitwise. I can’t tell you how much I hate asking friends to pay me back. This seems like the perfect solution (and friendship saver)!

  • I recently transitioned from working from home to working in an office every day, and find myself wasting tons of energy trying to create work-appropriate outfits and nourishing lunches. love the idea of creating a uniform and investing in nice basics. I probably would have thought that idea sounded boring years ago, but now it really resonates, so thank you!

  • Hi there! I really enjoyed this episode and I do have one question! I have been wanting to add a auto response to clients that are filling out my contact form via my website. You mentioned this was possible to send something back just to these inquiries in gmail. I’m lost on how to find that – could you point me in the right direction?

    Thank you!

  • I love everything on Design*Sponge, but just wanted to let you know how inspiring this radio show was. I’ve been feeling stressed and overwhelmed lately, and this post helped me see that there are ways to simplify my life and that, every once in a while, it is ok to order in food or pay to get something shipped to reduce the stress in your life. Thank you!

  • Hi Amy, Grace, and Max- just wanted to tell you I absolutely loved this podcast! It’s great to hear the three of you speak about your lives in this way- not to mention so insightful. I love this format, having the three of you discuss a life topic, so definitely keep it up! Happy fall. xx

  • This was such an insightful podcast! Will you be continuing this format? I’d love to hear Anne Ditmeyer’s efficiency tactics. Thank you for always providing thoughtfulness t0 the web!


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