Small Seeds #8 -Automate Your Decisions

Did you know that your brain power functions much like a battery?

This means that each decision you make throughout your day will drain this precious resource.

Luckily, people can mitigate behaviours that drain them – simply by automating decisions.

This is precisely why Steve Jobs wore the same jeans and black turtleneck everyday. Streamlining his decision-making around clothes preserved mental energy, allowing him to focus on his critical objectives.

And then there was Albert Einstein. It has been reported that the famous physicist bought several versions of the same grey suit because he didn’t want to waste brainpower on choosing an outfit each morning.

According to a Forbes article, President Obama is another one that finds these kind of repetitive habits useful!

“You’ll see I wear only grey or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” Barack Obama

We may not have the kind of insanely hectic and pressured life that a world leader has and you may not have a trusted staff to automate every food decision.

But you should also consider removing the day to day problems from your life, the things that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day.

Is your precious morning, the first impactful moments that define the rest of your day, really worth cluttering up with wondering which clothes to wear?

However, imagine if you could commit to the same nutritious breakfast everyday! Not only will your body thrive, but your mind will be primed to conquer the day too.

I had a lovely boss until recently who used to have the same boring sandwich every single working day. A £1.25 Tuna Mayonnaise Sainsbury’s sandwich. I could never figure it out, how boring and mediocre. But it just now occurs to me that it was for this very reason! One less thing to think about when there are so many more important things worthy of attention.

Perhaps you too should consider the things in your life that you could automate.

Until recently I always used to think that my work attire of almost exclusively black trousers and a variety of pretty but quite muted (grey or purple being my colours of choice, I’ve no idea where the brand colours came from!) was just a little bit boring and perhaps I should liven it up a bit.

It’s not something I spend time worrying about any more.

It is worth spending some time considering this question in relation to your life – what daily decisions could you do without?


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