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Do you ever get tired of “adulting?” The sheer number of decisions you face every single day is exhausting, ranging from whether or not to hit the snooze button all the way to big decisions, like whether to buy a house, leave a relationship, or change jobs.
You long for just one day of someone else calling the shots so you can take a break. Okay, maybe not all the shots, but at least all the small ones.
For a long time we thought this frustration was the price of adulthood. Maybe you think so, too? If so, then you’re going to like today’s episode. But first…
Cure the Overwhelm
Decisions Made Easy is going to improve your life, no doubt. But what if you need more? You’re frustrated, overwhelmed, turning in circles because you don’t know what to do. You don’t think you could add one more thing to your brain without having it explode.
Hey, we get that. Brain overwhelm is the exact reason we created Clarity Clinic! Thousands of people last year answered our survey about what they wanted to most to create a better life, and the overwhelming response we got was RELIEF. People like you are overwhelmed, frustrated, and looking for help.
Clarity Clinic is designed to clear the frustration from your life so you can get back to doing more of what you love. Isn’t that what life is all about?
You’ll regain your focus, eliminate distractions, and finally be able to make progress on those goals you keep making year after year.
If you’ve ever wanted us to help you get sorted in any way, you’ll now have 8 weeks of our undivided attention!
Does that sound like a Decision Made Easy? Click here for more information and to register, and do it fast because we only take 50 students and half the spots are already gone!
Now back to other Decisions Made Easy…
When we started traveling the world in 2010, we thought the constant decision-making and responsibility would fade away. No more petty worries, baby. We were free!
Except, we weren’t.
Sure, we didn’t have a mortgage anymore, but we had to figure out where we’d be sleeping every single night. That wasn’t something we had to consider before.
We didn’t have a kitchen, but that meant finding a restaurant for food 3 times a day, every single day. At first, this was a dream—no cleanup, tons of variety! But before long, we were wishing for an easy sandwich, an early-morning cup of coffee in our jammies, or a simple bowl of popcorn.
Every day we had to figure out what to do, where to find internet if we were working, and how far our money would go with the exchange rate.
As you can imagine, we argued. Maybe you do the same at your house when life gets too complicated?
One day we were walking along the sidewalk in Thailand, wondering where we were going to eat for lunch. We had a book deadline looming and we were stressed. The last thing we wanted to think about was where to eat, but we were starving. We were also a little bit testy with each other.
We walked by a restaurant with pictures of food on the board outside. We looked at the options and then said, almost jokingly, “if they have to put pictures of the food, it’s probably not very good.”
As we walked down the street, we avoided every restaurant with picture menus and settled on a little local joint with no pictures—and great food. We filled our bellies and reduced our hanger (hanger=hunger+anger). From then on, made a rule not to eat in restaurants with pictures of food. Those places typically cater to tourists passing through so they don’t have to work for repeat business. By avoiding them, we narrowed our choices and gave ourselves better odds of finding a chef working to attract local business.
This is just one of our Decisions Made Easy, and it helps us streamline our lives so avoid using mental energy for decisions that don’t require it. We save our brain power for more important decisions.
Decisions Made Easy
In today’s podcast episode, you’ll learn about willpower, how your mental energy is expended throughout the day, and how you can set up your own Decisions Made Easy to reduce the overwhelm and frustration you feel in your life. You’ll also learn from other famous people who use these rules to focus on what’s most important. You’ll quickly see the value of adding Decisions Made Easy to your life!
To help you create your own, we’ve compiled a handy guide of the how-to of Decisions Made Easy as well as a list of decisions you can try yourself.
Get the resource guide for this episode in the Resource Roundup—a collection of our best guides to help you gain more time, space, energy, and money asap!
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This is a Decision Made Easy that works for you and us!
Key Takeaways from the Episode
- You have a set amount of mental energy every day, and every time you make a decision you deplete some of it.
- Decisions Made Easy is a rule you create to simplify an area of your life. You never have to make that decision again. An example would be: having the same breakfast every single day.
- Decisions Made Easy allows you to retain more of your mental energy for big decisions, creative projects, and enjoying your life.
- Default Decisions by the always-smart James Clear.
- Rules to live by
- Brilliant Ted talk on the challenges of choice
- Paralyzed by choice
- Simplify your Wardrobe
- Experience Curating – how to remember things by default
- How to automate small decisions
- The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do, by Sarah Knight.
- Willpower, by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney