“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish“, said Steve Jobs as an endnote of his famous commencement speech at Stanford University. I literally became an admirer of Steve Jobs after listening to his speech which had lines like this, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” and this “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future” and I could tell what all he spoke but it is better for you to hear it from him. I am sure you would like it and that speech may change your thinking. When your thoughts change, your life will change indeed.
One day suddenly I had a doubt. Steve knew how to live a life and he is doing it great and inspiring millions of people to live their lives. But why is he always wearing the same black T-shirt and a blue jean? Isn’t he rich enough to wear varieties of new outfits every day? First I thought he is doing this to have a signature style. Then I googled to find out something that is more interesting. He is wearing the same outfit to avoid Decision Fatigue.
What is Decision Fatigue?
According to Wikipedia, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. Every single day right from the morning, “whether should I sleep five more minutes?” to the night, “what should I eat for dinner?”, we make hundreds of decisions. There are many things that have to be decided on a daily basis. Some decisions are important, but most are trivial.
Every decision we make uses up our mental energy. When we use your brainpower earlier in the day deciding trivial things like what dress to wear today and what to eat for breakfast, we will consequently have less of it later in the day when we have to take some important decisions. This means that the more decisions we have to make throughout the day, the weaker our decision-making process will become.
Not Only Steve Jobs
Then I found that not only Steve Jobs but many other successful individuals like Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama, Albert Einstein decided to reduce the number of decisions they make throughout the day by having a monotonous dress code. They understood that less time spent on making decisions meant more brainpower and time for everything else.
If you want to be more productive it is better to simplify your time spent on the trivial decisions you take every day by making some new constant habits. Moreover, you will not be wasting time and also you would feel a lot more confident in your new dress code. And before you finish reading here is one more quote from Steve Jobs.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”