A decision-making guide for the undecided
Steve Jobs is known for his black turtleneck and Mark Zuckerberg is always seen wearing the same gray T-shirt. So-called “decision fatigue” is real – the little decisions you make every day can add up and tire you out. By spending less energy choosing what to wear, you may be able to focus better on solving bigger problems. Here’s a guide on how to make those little decisions you face every day so that you can devote your wits to building the next Apple and Facebook.
What to wear
Is it just me, or do you feel like the more clothes you have, the less outfits you need to wear? If you get stuck, try starting with the shoes first and then building your outfit. What are you going to do today? Do you need to walk a lot? Does the weather call for sandals? Is it cold or raining? Once you’ve decided what shoes to wear, find pants that complement the shoes, then find a top, outerwear, and accessories. If you are still having trouble choosing your pants or top, go for a plain shirt and jeans by default, as you can never go wrong with these as long as your shoes match the occasion. Otherwise, just invest in 10 identical items – do like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg and wear the same outfit every day.
What to eat
You know you’re prone to decision fatigue if it takes forever to decide where to go, and forever to decide on a menu item. When you’re not eating, keep a list of places to go in your Notes app or your Yelp Favorites. Whenever you hear recommendations or have favorites, add them to the list. Then, when choosing where to go, pick a location excluding what you ate last and based on the location closest to you. How much time and what access to transport do you have? If you’re not particularly in the mood for anything, always go for the healthy option – high in protein, lots of greens, and low in carbs – with no regrets.
To train or not
Sometimes your schedule is busy, but you still want to work out to stay active. Other times you are completely free and while your mind is telling you to go to the gym your body will not move. If you are wondering whether or not you should go to the gym, check: do you have the time and access to a shower afterwards? Will you still have energy for your projects later in the day? If the answer is yes, then yes, go to the gym – always say yes to the gym and your body will thank you later.
To attend this event or not
You can technically attend the event, but you are “busy” ie too lazy and want to avoid awkward interactions. When you’re torn between whether or not to participate in an event, ask yourself what value will the event bring you? Can you win at least one thing: a new experience, a new connection, a useful insight, free food or memories? If the event brings you at least one thing of value and your schedule allows it, then yes, attend the event.
Life is full of decisions, and sometimes making a bad decision is better than not making a decision. If in doubt, go for it and you can always learn from your mistakes!
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