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Would you use a personal uniform?

I read an interesting article recently about the idea of having a personal uniform.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, a personal uniform is basically wearing the same thing or type of thing each day in order to eliminate the mental clutter (and sometimes actual clutter in your closet) of having many options to choose from when it comes to what you wear.

The article mentions Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerburg as examples. Steve Jobs instantly came to my mind too, and a quick Google search also adds Stanley Kubrick, Andy Warhol, Matilda Kahl, and Christopher Nolan to the list. Does anyone notice something about this list of names? With the exception of Ms. Kahl, they’re all men. I think going for a personal uniform might be a little easier for men – but that’s not to say it’s impossible for women!

It’s also easier in climates where there temperature stays similar throughout the year. Winnipeg is not one of those places.

I’m not sure I’d actually want to adopt a uniform myself. I usually enjoy choosing an outfit to wear, depending on my mood and the occasion. When I’m tearing through my closet 20 minutes after I should have been out the door, trying and failing to find something to wear, then I can see the wisdom in it. Instead of adopting a full-out uniform, I might take my first small step in that direction and instead try to minimize my wardrobe.

Tips for minimizing your wardrobe

1. Get rid of stuff (this one is very straightforward but tough to do
2. Organize your items well so you can find things when you need them
3. Make a set of rules for your wardrobe
4. Figure out what works for your body and style and stock up!

You don’t have to use a full uniform, but maybe these tips will help you clear some of the clutter from your mind and even from your closet! I know I want to go straight to my closet and tidy things up. Or maybe you want to go full uniform. What do you think?

Speaking of uniforms, my high school had them! Here is 2007-or-so-Jenna, rocking the too-long hems and yes, that's red hair.

Speaking of uniforms, my high school had them! This is 2007-or-so-Jenna, rocking the too-long pant hems and yes,  that is red hair. I loved it.

 


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Three ways to keep focused all afternoon

I just caught myself sitting at my computer, literally staring blankly at the screen with head tilted to the side, my eyes unfocused, one hand on the mouse and the other spinning my pen. Totally glazed over.

The blame probably rests on the fact that I ate a mountain of chocolate cake after lunch (birthdays are great around here), but when I dropped my pen I realized what was happening and that I had to take action.
Here are three things you can do to snap yourself out of a mid-afternoon slump:
  1. Drink more water. Most of us aren’t getting enough of that good H2O, and unfortunately coffee isn’t going to cut it. I’m not slamming the caffeine (although I don’t drink it myself), but you just can’t replace water in its original form. If you find yourself trying to focus, go refill a glass with some water. Cold if you can manage it. Keep a glass of water right next to your left hand when you’re sitting at the computer, so when you have a free moment or are operating the mouse with your right hand, it makes sense to grab your cup for a quick sip.
  2. Move. Get the blood flowing! Your brain clears itself out when you move your body.
  3. Save your ‘active’ tasks for the sleepy time after lunch. If you’re delivering something or running an errand or talking on the phone and pacing at the same time, you’re a lot less likely to fall asleep than if you’re trying to weed through junk emails or make calculations.

(Disclaimer: I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post it! So I didn’t eat chocolate cake today, although I wish I did. The tips are still useful, though. Good luck!)