The Recipe for Success

A few days ago, I read a piece that shared the number one habit of successful people.  Any guesses as to what that could be? It's not what you think.  Well, at least it's not what I thought.

Mark Zuckerburg, Michael Kors and Steve Jobs and Frida Giannini all subscribe to the same concept.  They wear (almost) the same thing every single day.  Why? To avoid decision fatigue.

Researchers have found that when we make decision after decision, our decision maker (aka our brain), gets tired. The more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes to make and eventually your decision maker looks for shortcuts. One shortcut is to become reckless or impulsive instead of expending the energy to think through the consequences. Examples of this include splurging on something outside your price range, when rent is due the next day or inhaling a bag of cookies right before dinner when you're starving (empty calories). The second shortcut is the complete energy saver. Do nothing. Instead of weighing your options and making a decision, you just avoid them altogether.  This obviously saves your energy, but often causes problems later on down the road. Resistance in making decisions comes from our fear of losing something in the decision making process.  If we pick item A, it means that we lose out on item B.

I’ve found this to be 100% true, especially when it comes to workouts.  "Just Do It," as Nike tells us, is spot on.  Don’t think about it. Just lace up the shoes and get moving. 

While all of us may not have the ability to wear the same clothes everyday, there are a few things we can do to make the daily decision process easier:

1.     Decide what you’re going to wear the night before.

2.     Organize your closet by type and color

3.     Make a list the night before of items you want to accomplish the following day

4.     Plan your meals.  That way you know when you come home from the office what exactly you’ll have for dinner that night and you'll have all the ingredients on hand. Companies like Blue Apron, Plated or Nutreatious, take the guess work out of it and are beneficial for busy families.

Anything you would recommend?