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Our working memory is what allows us to focus on the information we need to get things done at the moment we’re doing them. It is also in limited supply. You can think of it like our brai...
You can think of willpower as a muscle. The more you use it, the more it wears out, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
When we agonize over a decision, w...
Though analyzing every last option in the quest for the best choice may lead to an objectively better outcome in some situations,
Because our ability to make quality, long-term decisions deteriorates with each additional choice we make, big or small, successful people tackle their most important task...
Efficiently manage information by determining what you want to learn from it first, then reading for that specific thing.
Another way to consume information is to determine t...
Parkinson’s Law states that work expands to fill the amount of time you’ve allotted it. Setting a time constraint can force you to make a decision more efficiently.
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Identifying and staying true to one main objective as the basis for decision-making helps you overcome a tendency to overthink.
The next time you catch yourself thinking over a particular issue, again and again, schedule a meeting with a coworker, supervisor, mentor, or friend. Having to present your deliberations to...
This concept is most associated with software development, particularly at fast-moving start-ups with few resources:
Collecting and analyzing more and more information is a tempting way to try and overcome the uncertainty that comes with taking on big goals. In the end, action is what decides our ultimate success...
It’s tempting to believe that the best decision exists and we can figure out what it is by just researching deeper and thinking harder. The truth is that the options in front of you may be eq...
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Overthinking and getting lost in endless options reduces their effectiveness and intelligence by producing inaction.
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Overthinking becomes an endless cycle of thinking through options, researching it, and through the research finding even more things to think about.
The uncertainty in this kind of thinking is what keeps us stuck in indecision.
We should always contemplate the pros and cons, take a step back from the action and get some perspective, see the big picture, consider the deeper Why of what we’re doing. But at some point, we have to say, “Enough!” And then take action.
When you are thinking and thinking about something ask yourself: Will this matter in 5 years? Or even in 5 weeks?
It allows you to stop thinking about something and to focu...
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Before jumping to a conclusion, think about the long-term consequences of your decision.
We may respect those able to fling themselves into a hard problem and make a quick choice with seemingly little thought, but making a meaningful decision needs to be done with care for the long-term effects.
It’s important to be aware of what state of mind you’re in before tackling a hard choice.
Decision fatigue happens when the mental energy required to weigh the tradeoffs of our decision becomes too much for us to handle.
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