Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Make One Less Decision: What worked for Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg

As readers know, I began a slow carb diet regimen on Monday. One of the tips of this diet recommend picking a few meals you like and keep them in rotation daily. Now, I've heard this concept before. If you already know a "go to plan" then it's easier to stick to it and almost get into an automatic groove. 

For dieting this is key as it surely leads to less daily questions that could sabotage progress. What should I eat today? Where should I eat? Make your decisions early on and stick to those choices to become consistent.

I recently thought about this idea as it relates to clothes. You know people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. If that's the case why do we have so much clothes? Success keeps things simple.

With that, I was reminded that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg kept/keep their wardrobe basic and pretty much predictable. Steve Jobs intentionally wore jeans and a black shirt day in and day out. This was no fluke or coincidence. 

Zuckerberg practically does the same thing -- always wearing jeans and a t-shirt, usually blue. Why? Successful people choose to make one less mindless decision everyday saving time for the larger decisions. Now that's thoughtful time management at its best.

They don't waste time or energy on what to wear or eat everyday. If the options are similar and the same you're likely getting things done quickly and get to make far fewer minor decisions everyday.  This makes sense for students who wear uniforms or similar prearranged and uniformed decisions. How easily to always know what you'll wear in the morning?

I love this whole idea of one less thing to think about, so I'm beginning to find areas in my life where I can build a "one less decision" routine. It makes sense to simplify and not have to think about the little things. 

Even better, if we focus less on the little things there's time to get the BIG THINGS done!

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