Once you have these 4 areas cleared up, congratulations – you are more than halfway through automating the easy decisions in your daily life.
Next, we have to figure out what other specialized areas are causing decision fatigue in our day-to-day lives. This differs for each individual so we need to observe our own habits.
What this might look like in your life:
Back when I was playing live poker in Macau, I traveled to the casino daily. Right before I leave the house, I found myself spending up to a few minutes deciding on a transport option to take. I had three choices – bus, taxi and foot.
Taking the taxi might have seemed like the fastest option. However, it was also erratic and it could be difficult to flag one down at certain times. The buses had a regular schedule, but missing one and having to wait for the next was a big pain in the ass. That left me with going by foot. Although that seemed like the slowest option of the three, it was, however, the most consistent one. There were neither peak hour woes nor the stress of chasing after a bus. As soon as I left the house, I would put on a podcast and walk to the casino in the expected duration.
When I first moved out to live on my own, I found myself catapulted into adulthood and having to deal with bills, bills and more bills. For the first few months, I would freeze up whenever I see a bill slip lying on the table. What is this bill for? When is it due? Have I paid for it already?
One day, while I was on a flight to Bangkok for an e-commerce convention, it struck me that I had forgotten to pay one of my bills. It was then that I realized the sheer amount of unnecessary stress that these payments were causing me.
Upon my return home, I sat down in front of a table and gathered all the bills that I have to pay on a monthly basis. One after another, I applied for them to be paid automatically. This tedious process took a few hours, but boy, was it worth it. How I wish I had done this earlier! I no longer have to worry about managing my bills when I’m out of the country (and skiing down a mountain in Niseko).
As these tiny automations add up each day, it won’t be long before you’ve extended your willpower to make better decisions throughout your day.
Automating your easy decisions will free up mental bandwidth for the more important decisions during the day.
Don’t expect instant change. The above action steps I’ve listed out will take about a month to execute, or a week if you’re fast enough. Execution is key here so do not hesitate and stay accountable for them!