Why Wearing The Same Clothes Daily Improves Decision-Making
December 22, 2012 5 Comments
Here’s an observation: it seems that each day, we get a certain amount of capacity to make decisions — a “tank of fuel” if you will.
Each decision we make, no matter how small, subtracts from our available fuel. At some point, we deplete our tank and decision-making becomes impossible or severely flawed.
If this is true, it means that to the degree you can minimize the number of decisions you make in a given day, the more you have left for important matters.
And this is why I’ve found that by wearing the same clothes every day (or by intentionally limiting my options), the amount I subtract from my tank is minimal (or nothing at all). Instead of having to worry about matching shoes, socks, pants, belt, shirt, and coat, I provide myself with a set of clothes that are easy to mix-and-match (or nearly identical).
And this leaves me more fuel for the day.
I’ve also noticed that at the end of a long day of decision-making, I have little left in the tank for my wife. A simple question about a mundane household task can feel simply overwhelming.
Thus, if this
crazy theory is true, then we should minimize BS for ourselves (like the hassle of having to put together a new outfit everyday), and therefore improve our ability to make important decisions (as well as have meaningful interactions with our loved ones).
What do you think? Could wearing the same thing each day yield more capacity for decision-making? Or is this a weak excuse on my part to explain poor fashion sense?