Decision making is hard work. Literally. Our brains are like any muscle in our body. They need fuel in the form of oxygen and glycogen. We exercise our brain all the time, either consciously or not.
Thinking can feel like hard work and we can feel exhausted by the number of decisions we need to make on a daily basis. But hear’s the thing. A lot of our decisions have to be made and re-made on a constant basis. Consider getting fit (an easy example and one close to my heart).
Let’s say you decide to cut out the booze and go teetotal. That’s it. No more. So when out with your friends and they offer you a drink, you decline with confidence. The decision was made when you went alcohol free. No more energy to burn or waste.
But what if your decision was to reduce the amount you drink and perhaps in metric terms, be 80-90% teetotal. Now every time someone offers you drink, you have to weigh up the factors and come to a decision; every single time someone offers. Now compare the amount of energy you have to spend on a 80-90% decision as opposed to a 100% decision.
Be lazy, go with the latter!