Jean or suit?
Brown jacket or green jersey?
Sedan or SUV?
East or west?
Cash or credit?
This or that?
According to multiple sources on the Internet, the average amount of remotely conscious decisions an adult makes each day equals about 35,000. In contrast, young children only make about 3,000 decisions each day.
This can definitely lead to the decision fatigue which can eat into your productivity, and creativity.
One way to keep your mind sharp: Keep mundane and inconsequential decisions to a minimum.
You may be surprised just how much small daily decisions impact the willpower you have for important choices.
Many of the world’s greatest inventors, artists and entrepreneurs were creatures of habit.
They realised that if they want to free up their creative juices and save their brain muscles for important matters, they must minimise time and energy spent on repeatable tasks, such as meals, clothes and daily chores.
Steve Jobs always wore the same polo sweater and jeans.
Benjamin Franklin always had the same breakfast.
Da Vinci always woke up at the same time of day.
Barack Obama only has two suit colours, blue and black.
Mark Zuikerberg borrowed President Obama Barack’s philosophy and wears a gray shirt, and jeans every single day.
By removing the need to make hundreds of small inane decisions in the day (ie: What should I have for breakfast? What time should I wake up? What type of coffee should I have? What should I wear today?) you minimise decision-fatigue and maximise your creativity.
Taking time to plan out, simplify, and design the repeated daily decisions will give you more mental space to make the important choices each day.
“Be regular and ordinary in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.” — Flaubert