Decision fatigue, by Brian Alexander
I recently decided to begin my adventure into minimalism. Going through my closet, I realized I had way too much stuff. I would wear and recycle about 10% of my wardrobe throughout the week, and wash rinse and repeat.
It only made sense to just get rid of the rest but when I went to do it, I would make excuses and justify keeping everything by saying things like, “If I get rid of this, I will probably end up having to buy another one down the road when I need it”
The problem is, I never “need” it, and never will. If I haven’t worn it or taken it out of the closet (or drawers) for over a year, I don’t need it… period.
We are all guilty of this. Less is more. Simplifying your life is fulfilling.
Decision fatigue, what is it?
We make thousands upon thousands of micro decisions every day, these decisions all expend energy. We have a finite amount of energy to expend every day.
“In decision making and psychology, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. It is now understood as one of the causes of irrational trade-offs in decision making.” – Wikipedia
It is thought that the average adult makes nearly 35,000 decision a day. That is unfathomable and they nearly all occur on the sub-conscious Level.
The more simple we can make our lives and the day to day decisions we make, the more brain power and energy we will have to make on the more important ones. We will have more energy to expend on proactive planning rather than reactive decision making.
Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and many other uber successful people deploy this strategy. They all simplify their lives, their wardrobes and daily routines as such.
“Steve Jobs famously wore the same black turtleneck, blue jeans and New Balance sneakers every day. It quickly became his trademark look. When you think about the co-founder and (former) CEO of the most valuable company in the world wearing the same outfit every day, it’s pretty clear that Steve understood he had a finite capacity to make excellent decisions.”
Addition by subtraction.
Start with your wardrobe and see where it can take you! I am already on to my laundry room, my kitchen and everything else.
Reply in the comments with before and after a of your closet!