FOLLOW Turn Small Decisions Into Routines
Decision-making works like a muscle: as you use it over the course of the day, it gets too exhausted to function effectively.
One way to avoid this is to eliminate smaller decisions by turning them into routines. For example: Steve Jobs famously wore a black turtleneck to work every day. Mark Zuckerberg still dons a hoodie. Doing so frees up mental resources for more complex decisions.
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FOLLOW How Successful People Make Decisions Differently
"Decisions are forks in the road," he says. "Life doesn't happen to us; we are an active participant. We get out of life what we choose." More than just a choice in the moment, good decision-making takes discipline, says Whitaker.
e doesn’t happen to us; we are an active participant. We get out of life what we cho
All Decisions Are Not Created Equal Small decisions: Impact you for a day, such as what you wear and what you eat. Medium decisions: Impact your life for a year or so, such as deciding to go back to school or take on a roommate. Big decisions: These are made once or twice a year, and successful people use their goals to navigate to the right choice. Decision making using goals
Successful people have 4 strategies that help them clearly define what they want:
They keep 5 prime goals and stay focused on them. They identify the top priority and give it favorable treatment when making decisions. They look for goal and decision overlap, treating this decision with more care. They appreciate momentum, identifying the benefits of continuing to move in the right direction. FOLLOW Every Decision In Life Becomes a Trade-Off
and boils down to what we give up to attain something. Our mindsets are inclined towards pleasure and resistive towards pain. We normally like to think in terms of gai... Good and Bad Decisions Decisions are a cost-benefit analysis of risking something small for the opportunity to gain something big. Good decisions can be: Exercising, meditating for 10 minutes daily, finding the courage and striking up a conversation with someone, applying for jobs that you may or may not get. Bad decisions can be: lying or pretending to someone, driving unsafely, sending angry text messages, or staying up late drinking before an important meeting or exam in the morning. Trade-offs and Life Values
Trade-offs are not something as simple as flipping a coin. Our values guide us towards what we want in life, and it is not the same for all. Example: Buying a house has a trade-off of mortgage for the next ten or more years. This is subjective and depends on what we value in life.
Indecisive people suffer because they don’t know their inner values and what they care about.
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Executive Summary Consistently making good decisions is arguably the most important habit we can develop, especially at work. But some things are detrimental to good decision-making. When you have to make an important decision, be on the lookout for decision fatigue. Our ability to perform mental tasks and make decisions wears thin when it's repeatedly exerted.
2,000 decisions per waking hour
Research has shown that the typical person makes about 2,000 decisions every waking hour. Most are minor ones and we make them automatically. But many have serious consequences.
That's why... Decision fatigue
Our ability to perform mental tasks and make decisions wears thin when it’s repeatedly used.
Identify the most important decisions you need to make, and, as often as possible, prioritize your time so that you make them when your energy levels are highest. A steady state of distraction
Our brains process five times as much information today as in 1986. Thus,
many of us live in a continuous state of distraction and struggle to focus.
To counter this, find time each day to unplug and step back from email, social media and news.
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