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Choice Minimalism: Why Mark Zuckerberg Wears the Same Thing Every Day

Do a self-diagnostic

  • Track decisions. Spend a week tracking all the choices you make in a day.
  • Evaluate effectiveness. Review your notes and group decisions by category. Then ask, “Does this decision affect my desired outcomes?” Many of them won’t.
  • Do a Pareto analysis. Ask, “What are the 20% or fewer useless decisions that are taking up 80% or more of my time?” Those are the ones to tackle first.

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Do a self-diagnostic

  • Track decisions. Spend a week tracking all the choices you make in a day.
  • Evaluate effectiveness. Review your notes and group decisions by category. Then ask, “Does this decision affect my desired outcomes?” Many of them won’t.
  • Do a Pareto analysis. Ask, “What are the 20% or fewer useless decisions that are taking up 80% or more of my time?” Those are the ones to tackle first.

Choice minimalism

  • Simplify the wardrobe. We tend to wear the same 10–20% of our wardrobes for 80%+ of the time. 
  • Eat the same few meals
  • Design a morning routine and save your willpower for important decisions later in the day.
  • Shop the periphery. The unhealthy stuff is built into the center, so stay on outskirts: there are fewer options AND it’s healthier.
  • Set “key objectives” before bed to saves time in the morning when you want to jump right into doing focused work.

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