Decision Fatigue is the scientific term for willpower.
By removing micro-decisions, tiny disciplines can have great leverage in guiding the behaviors you want to create.
Benjamin Hardy, PhD wrote:
One of the most important ways to make progress in life is to simply to make decisions.
Dr. Clayton Christensen, the former Harvard Business Professor said: “100% is easier than 98%.”
98% means you haven’t made a decision, and therefore, are still not sure what you’re going to do. Take for example: eating dessert. If you’re not 100% committed to something, but are only 98% committed, then in every situation, you’ll have to decide: “Is this one of those situations where I’ll eat it?”
This is another way of describing “decision fatigue,” which basically means you’re still unsure what you’re going to do. Still weighing in your mind.
This really burns out your willpower, and the situation usually wins.
Making a decision is the opposite. You no longer have to think about it because you already know what you’re going to do. As Michael Jordan said, “Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.”
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On the other side, BREAKFAST.
Now, maybe if you are on a high fruit and vegetable diet, you don’t know exactly which fruit will be ripest, or which veggies need to be used today, but those become innate decisions, and the micro-disciplines are buying the foods, and preparing them for immediate use, like frozen bananas.
In fact, a micro-discipline I recommend, for anyone in a household of more than one person, is to simply buy a case of bananas a week – or the largest basket you can of apples, or peaches. When grapes go to $1 a pound in peak season, buy an 18 pound flat. Buy the largest tub of pre-washed greens at your local Big Box. Your conditioning to not waste food will take over, and you will find yourself consuming more fruit and/or vegetables.