Everything has a first time; of course, it would be the most difficult of all times. Everything we’ve learned, acquired and developed was hard at first. However, with practice and perseverance, most of it become habits. Take an example driving a car; at first, we learn how to turn it on, stir the wheel, go left, and go right… By time, we stop thinking about it and it becomes automatic. Your brain puts all the effort when you are teaching it something new; but then, it becomes clear and easy to do, especially after doing it repeatedly.
How is this related to your daily decision-making skills?
- Starting with the easy and the hard way, you brain can use both. It can help you accomplish things either automatically or in a controlled manner. During your day, you will have to achieve several tasks that will require using your brain; however, when you choose to do it the hard way, it will be time-consuming and will waste valuable mental resources. Eventually, you will notice fatigue and incapability of making decisions by the end of the day. In order to overcome this issue and make decisions more easily, you have to practice doing things so they become habits. In other words, you must help your brain do more tasks automatically in order to facilitate the process of achieving and making decisions.
- Every day you go to work and probably spend 40% of your time repeating things you did the previous day. When you know the things that must be done every day, it is your chance to train your brain to do them automatically, saving your efforts for other new things. You can save this energy for harder problems and tasks that have to be done during the day. By creating new habits, you will become more effective at work and will have the chance to accomplish more tasks during the day.
Having the mental energy for making convenient decisions will help you go forward and improve faster at work and in your personal life. Whenever you think you are doing it right, do not hesitate to help other people do the same.