We make countless decisions everyday and sometimes it can be exhausting.
Think about it. Everything you do during your day requires a decision at some point. You even made a decision there as to whether you were actually going to think about it or not.
Is it possible to simplify decision making? I believe it is, by taking on one simple rule.
Let’s take a look at this in more detail.
Which decisions are the hardest? I’m going to take a punt and say the ones with more than one variable, such as what to wear, what to eat, where to go on holiday, what car to buy.
Then there are others that might have a more subjective feeling to them, such as whether you want to donate to the particular charity box that is doing the rounds, attend a party being held by a work colleague, or lend money to a friend.
The easiest decisions, by far are those that you make every day automatically. You get up, shower, and make your coffee or hot tea in the morning. You just do it. It’s part of your routine and is therefore habit.
This may not seem like a decision but at some point you decided that you would always have coffee in the morning, immediately following your shower, which you would have as soon as you got up.
You made it a routine.
Making Complex Decisions Simple
So how can we turn complex decisions into simple ones? Take this simple advice from management guru Peter Drucker
Don’t make a hundred decisions when one will do.
Here are a few suggestions as to how that can work in your life.
Create a morning routine
Automate your day with a simple routine that means you don’t have to think about what needs doing it just gets done.
I’ve written about morning routines before as I am a big fan. Make a decision as to what you are going to include and go for it. If it isn’t working out it will be easy to make the decision to change it through experience rather than guesswork.
Here are some ideas for setting up your morning routine. Click the images below.
Plan your meals
Having a few weekly meal plans on rotation makes shopping simpler. It allows others in the house to know what will be eaten and stops the daily question.
You may also consider eating the same breakfast and lunch each day so that you never have to ponder that it the morning. Add it to your routine.
Having a regular meal plan or eating the same things everyday can also prevent food wastage so a winner all round as you can save money at the same time.
Choose a uniform for work – and play
Some of the world’s most successful people wear pretty much the same thing everyday.
Sports fans will expect to see Dana White in a black t-shirt, anyone interested in tech knows that Steve Jobs always wore a black turtle neck and jeans, and even Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion designer and creative director for Chanel, was nearly always seen in in a black suit and tie with a white shirt.
You see, keeping it simple means you have brain power to think about other things instead of being exhausted before breakfast.
If they can do it, so can you. It doesn’t mean you can’t show your personality in that uniform and you can always add a bit of attitude with shoes and other accessories as you see fit.
Creating rules may seem restrictive but think about how much more simple life could be when confronted with a proposal that you feel awkward saying no to.
- I don’t attend parties on work nights
- I don’t lend (or borrow) money
- I don’t eat dessert
If these feel too negative, then reframe them
- I love to spend my evenings with my family
- I like to keep my friendships simple – and fun!
- I prefer to indulge in savoury foods
Don’t feel bad for the over arching decisions you have made. Being consistent is a trait most of us appreciate in others, which again makes it easier for you.
So there you have it. Why make things complicated when they can be sooo much more simple?
What will you be implementing to make life a little less complicated? Do you have any tips for making your mind up? How about rules to make it easier?
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