Every day we make thousands of decisions.
Steve Jobs sported his famous black turtleneck, blue jeans and New Balance sneakers every day so he never had to spend time picking out an outfit. The 4-hour work week's Tim Ferriss eats the same breakfast so he doesn’t have to think about what food to prepare. And during his time in office, President Barack Obama limited his low-priority email responses to “Agree,” “Disagree,” or “Discuss” to simplify his day.
Can the small decisions you make have a big impact?
Take a moment to think about what decision you make every day that has the biggest impact... Is it working out? Coffee? Getting enough sleep? Spending time with family? Expressing gratitude?
When we asked our Work Better Day subscribers what decision they believed had the biggest impact on their day, 44% said sleep. While there were certainly no wrong answers to this question, studies have shown how harmful sleep deprivation can be. Did you know the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown, the grounding of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker, and the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle were all partly due to workers experiencing excessive sleep deprivation, ultimately leading to poor decision making? While those are extreme examples, it is worth considering - how much does lack of sleep really sabotage our ability to make sound decisions?
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Last week in our #WorkBetterWednesday campaign series, we had recipients choose which of the following four themes had the bigger impact on our work-life: Decision Making, Culture, Inventiveness, and Change. The poll revealed that over 50% of you felt Decision Making had the biggest impact! So for the second annual Work Better Day on September 12, 2018, we will be exploring the power of decision making. Join as we will unpack questions such as...
Is our process of decision making actually more important than the decisions themselves?
Can we learn to frame our choices in a way that allows us to make the right one?
How do we overcome certain biases that influence our reasoning?
Are there important decisions we are avoiding all together?
Thank you to all who submitted! With decision making as our charge, we will be exploring what it means to work better. We hope to see you there!
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- TED: Ruth Chang on how to make hard choices
- Hidden Brain Podcast: Decide Already! Why we're bad at predicting our own happiness
- Fast Company: This simple chart can help your team make better decisions