I eat the same thing for breakfast almost every day: coffee with milk and a bowl of Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal with two kinds of raisins, peanut butter, and half of a banana. The oatmeal varies occasionally, of course. Sometimes the cafeteria doesn’t have bananas. On Saturday, I’ll have a piece of bread and maybe an apple. On Sunday, the cafeteria doesn’t open until late, so I have a bowl of instant oatmeal (Apple-rosemary-cheddar flavored! It’s better than it sounds.) and a cup of coffee before I go to church.
Some people would argue that such a monotonous breakfast is boring. Some people might say that eating the same thing for breakfast each morning makes me boring. I would disagree. Boredom is a state of mind and, as my grandpa says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Furthermore, research shows that our ability to make good decisions depletes as the day drags on. According to an article in the Entrepreneur, this is why Steve Jobs wore the same outfit to work every day, and Tim Ferriss eats the same breakfast each morning. (Who would have thought that I would have something in common with Tim Ferriss?) The basic question is this: why waste precious decision-making power when we can turn that same energy towards more important things?
Processes exist for a reason. Sometimes they seem stupid (bureaucracy) and sometimes they seem dull (my breakfast), but they do have an element of logic. And for me, eating the same breakfast every day is, in the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda, “one less thing to worry about.” I’ve got more than enough on my plate… and in my bowl.