Planting Seeds and Throwing Rocks


making choices
May 24, 2010, 10:53 am
Filed under: Fighting Inertia, Fighting Noise

Your brain is only capable of making a certain amount of choices or exerting a certain amount of willpower.  You might have more or less than someone else…but it’s still limited.  Every choice you make during the day decreases your ability for willpower.  That’s why so many of us opt for fast food at the end of a mentally draining day.  It’s fast, smells good – we haven’t prepped anything at home (probably), and we just don’t have the willpower to say “no.”  When I was growing up there were NO fast food places between school or church and home.  Therefore I didn’t have to say “no” – it actually took a decision and planning to go out to eat.  Now, there are dozens of places on my normal driving routes that I have to say “no” to if I want to eat healthy and save money.  BUT

If you make some choices ahead of time:  what you’ll wear in the morning, where you’ll have lunch and what you’ll eat, and you’ve prepped a bit for them (gym bag is packed, leftovers are packed for lunch, appointments are made) – you’re more likely to go ahead and do those things AND still have some brain power left over to make good choices in the evenings.

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