Numerous studies on the internet indicate that adult individuals make close to 35,000 unconscious decisions a day. While some decisions are as simple as choosing between milk or cream, others can be more agonizing. Having the freedom to choose is fundamental to our being, but what happens when there are too many options from which to choose? It becomes difficult to make a decision at all! In the world of psychology, this is known as decision fatigue. Here are three ways you can stop that:
Picking out an appropriate outfit is easier said than done. Staring into your closet can feel like staring into the abyss. The first step to paring down your sartorial choices begins with saying goodbye to clothing that has been relegated to the back of your closet – there’s a good reason they’re there! Stick with clothes you like and feel comfortable in. Not only will you save time in the morning, you’ll feel more confident throughout the day. Take a hint from these big leagues: Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg are all known to have a limited wardrobe. Wearing the same thing every day means one less thing to worry about, which means more time and energy to focus on more important matters.
What are you doing for lunch? You may be reaching a point where starving seems easier than having to choose between one local eatery and the other. You keep saying you’ll start bringing your lunch to work, but will you actually? If you feel paralyzed by choice when noon rolls around, you should consider Soylent. Soylent is an FDA-approved food product, but in liquid form. Lactose-free, animal-free, and nut-free. It’s easy to carry, easy to store, and contains all the essential nutrients you need to keep you focused at work. For about 3 bucks a bottle, your wallet will thank you! Chewing is so last decade. So is wasting time deciding on food options!
Online banking, social media, emails. With so many online accounts, it can be difficult to remember your passwords. Using the same password across the board is a huge security risk, and password generators are increasing the criteria for what’s considered a strong password. Good luck remembering D!8HTo!geoK2. Why waste precious brainpower trying to remember a password? LastPass is a secure password management system that allows you to auto login to any site where a password is needed. All you need to do is remember one password, LastPass keeps track of the rest.
Choice is great, but having to make too many choices can significantly hinder your performance. Limit your options and you have less to worry about. Live simply!