April 17, 2013

Decisions can sap energy and increase stress

I have a job which involves endless decisions, often when fatigued and at odd times of day such as the middle of the night. I am constantly having to problem-solve with high stakes at play.

I’ve been reading a book called The Power of Full Engagement. One point it makes is that decisions take energy from us. Our energy is finite.

President Obama has a compatible approach to lower-level decisions. He tries to minimize the effort he has to put into these decisions. For example, he only wears two colors of suits, blue or grey. I also like what Patrick Rhone had to say about sensible defaults. This eliminates active decision-makig on items you frequently use and purchase.

The more good habits we develop, the less conscious decision-making we must undertake. See the Zen Habits website for very good information on habits.

I like to automate as much as I can. This also helps to reduce active decision-making.

This is an area of ongoing research and consideration for me.

  • productivity
  • simplicity

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