Last fall, in a profile in Vanity Fair magazine, it was reported President Obama tries to minimize the number of insignificant decisions he makes in a day. Some examples given: He has only blue and grey suits and mostly red or blue ties so he doesn't have to expend brain power debating what to don each morning.
While I haven't worn a suit since I was a desk-jockey in the 1990s--and I am not a world leader--I also simplify my "work wardrobe" decisions. My running attire, that is. My rationale? At 5:30 a.m., I don't have the mental bandwidth to grab the smartest options. (E.g. Nearly ran in inside-out bottoms the other morning.) So I keep it simple. In the winter months, for this Portlander, it means a midweight wool, long-sleeve top with a nylon vest over it and a pair of capris. I've paired down my capris so I have three or four trust pairs that I know will stay up and provide support; I'm not picky about which pair I grab.
But my favorite wool tee is by the New Zealand company Icebreaker: It's light enough so this sweat hog doesn't burn up, yet warm enough to have kept me comfy even when temps hovered below freezing the last week or so. And on rainy mornings (we've been known to have a few of those in the PacNW...), the non-itchy wool helps me regulate my micro-climate no matter how drenched I get. Bonus: Because wool naturally fights odor, I don't have to wash it after every run. (So far my BRFs Molly, Ellison, and Sheila haven't complained...or switched sides to run upwind from me.)
To help one mother runner make one less decision in her life, we're giving away an Icebreaker Quest Long Sleeve Half Zip. (Did I mention the half-zip is an ideal temperature regulator? Reason #37 this tee is a fail-safe decision every a.m.) While we're at it, let's alleviate one more, "what should I wear?" debate, and toss in a pair of Run Ultralite Micro socks. I've been known to leave a pair of these lovelies on all day--and through the night--to keep my feet snug and warm.
To enter to win, share with us one thing you do to simplify you life. It could be writing out a week's worth of meals rather than planning on the fly; getting rid of all your blouses that need to be dry cleaned; carpooling; or getting rid of all your houseplants. Click on the orange Comments ribbon below this post on our site, and tell us how you streamline your life's decisions.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 1/23/13 and ends on 1/29/13; the winner will be announced on 2/2/12. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $137. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.