Some sources estimate that adults make around 35,000 conscious decisions each day. We make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell University
The question remains:
How can we create an environment that fosters better, often non-obvious, decisions?
Decision making can take up a lot more time than you realise. When we have spare time we often find ourselves asking the basic questions:
We never (I hope) find ourselves asking in the morning or at the end of the day:
This is because certain habits have just been embedded in our lifestyle. We weren't born with these habits of basic hygiene, therefore, we can use the same principles to remove decision making in other areas of our life.
“Don’t make a hundred decisions when one will do” — Jim Collins
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. — Alan Lakein
As natural procrastinators, we tend to overthink and over analyse situations to avoid the extra step. The inability to make a decision and fall into the trap of ‘analysis paralysis’ can have massive impacts on your future outcome.
‘The 10/90 Rule’ states that the first 10 % of the time that you spend planning your work before you begin, will save you as much as 90% of the time in getting the job done once you get started.
Having your own unique system to plan your day will not only allow you to remove the number of decisions to make throughout the day but also allow you to experiment with other things you wouldn't usually do, learning new skills and being more creative whilst also freeing up a lot more time to relax and enjoy life.
People tend to use technology and apps to create a planner, but I’m old fashion. I have a little notebook where the night before I write out the things I need to get done.
I think it’s best to always start with very easy things, like making your bed or having a glass of water. By having tasks that you can easily tick off in a row, you will allow your mind to use the power of momentum to complete the harder, more time-consuming tasks.
This way, you can have more time to get yourself out there and enjoy life.
When working towards a goal, whether that’s in school or not, being held up in the present moment can often demotivate us from the heavy workload and lead us to make more decisions than we need to.
Regularly, remind yourself of the end goal. We tend to forget that things don’t happen overnight. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to reach your long term goals in the short run. Real, sustainable progress comes with affirmative thinking and making fewer decisions about when to do something.
“Making too many decisions is often symptomatic of poor systems or process.”
Have a great week!
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