The Psychological Science Journal has published research which shows that the amount of time we spend agonising over small decisions, like what to eat or wear, saps previous mental energy…and Marie Claire says this could be “sabotaging our career successes”.
Barack Obama and The Zuck (dude who invented Facebook) apparently limit their choices to only grey or blue suits for Obama and only grey t-shirts for Zuck. They do this to make fewer decisions that are “silly or frivolous”.
This is what a Google Image search looks like for Zuck. Endless grey tees.
Both Obama and Zuck do this because apparently complex decisions should be made at the start of the day, before decision fatigue starts to slow us down.
“Dilemmas that require moral reasoning or resisting temptation are harder to do as the day wears on and you become fatigued from previous decision-making. This is why dieters fail towards the end of the day.”
That’s all well and good, but is it just me?…or have Marie Claire missed the blindingly obvious solution? They suggest we may want to drown ourselves in a sea of beige to combat decision fatigue. Should we really be taking fashion pointers from Zuck?
My solution: Choose your clothes the night before!
I’m usually much happier with an outfit if I chose it the night before. I’ve gotten into the habit just before I go to bed of checking the weather for tomorrow then picking out what I’ll wear. I find it’s a nice way to prepare for the next day and it makes my morning easier. I find that if I decide what to wear in the morning, I’ll often pick something quickly that’s ‘easy’ and maybe a bit safe.
So, unless I’m mistaken, I do believe this solves the decision fatigue?…allowing us to focus on much more important decisions. Like…what on earth the local shop has that’s edible and vaguely healthy for lunch.
No need to wear all beige Marie Claire!