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Decision Fatigue: Don’t Worry So Much About Your Outfit

Ever wonder why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wears the same gray t-shirt and jeans combo everyday, or why President Barack Obama usually wears a blue or gray suit?

It’s simply a matter of making fewer decisions every day. Being important people in today’s society, both need to make decisions all the time. As a result, they use a lot of mental energy and feel they don’t need to expend any more energy on deciding what to wear in the morning.

President Obama told Vanity Fair in 2012 that managing his life as a president requires him to “cut away” the mundane, frustrating decisions like what to wear.

Mark Zuckerberg further added, “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.”

It’s not just these two leaders that believe in not worrying about what to wear. Others like Apple’s Steve Jobs and billionaire John Paul DeJoria also had the same “single outfit” lifestyle. However, why make this choice?

According to Roy F. Baumeister, who is a psychologist and co-author of the book “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength,” this stems from an idea known as “decision fatigue.”

Decision fatigue is the result of making “too many” decisions such as saying no to drugs, pizza toppings, waiting your turn, or choosing something on a restaurant menu. All of this adds up and it actually drains the brain from making decisions later on. This means that your ability to make healthy decisions can be affected simply because you used some brain power in the morning trying to get dressed.

Whenever you find yourself wondering what to wear for the day, remember that trying too hard could affect you later on in the day. Instead, choose to part with things you can’t or don’t wear can simplify your wardrobe, resulting in less mental power expended. Now, we’re not saying you should wear one thing every day for the rest of your life, but…

Keep it simple, so you can tackle life’s tougher problems with more energy and wherewithal.

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