Decision Fatigue: Start Wearing A Grey T-Shirt Every Day
Why Does Mark Zuckerberg Wear A Grey T-Shirt Every Day?
Mark Zuckerberg's First Public Q&A:
"I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community," Mark Zuckerberg says, ""There’s actually a bunch of psychology theory that even making small decisions, around what you wear or what you eat for breakfast or things like that, they kind of make you tired and consume your energy," he continues, "Even though it sounds silly that that’s my reason for wearing a grey t-shirt every day, it is true.”
Decision Fatigue is the idea that our brain works best if we focus on one thing at a time, and that the quality of our decisions deteriorates exponentially with each additional thing we simultaneously focus on.
Toss one ball from one hand to the other: firstly, juggling one ball, and then two balls, and then three balls. With each additional ball, we exponentially increase our risk of failure. In the same vein, the quality of our decisions deteriorates once we start multi-tasking.
There are times when we have to do a lot of things. We have to do A. We have to do B. We have to do C. The list goes on. We started to think about all the things we have to do. And then by the time we decided to do the work, we'd find that we're mentally exhausted. We started to question what's wrong with us. We started to question why we're unable to get anything done. This is Decision Fatigue. The answer lies in zeroing in on one thing alone, and working on it, and forgetting or canceling out everything else while working on that one thing.
Mark Zuckerberg is right: let's start wearing a grey t-shirt every day.
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