Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hack Your Wardrobe, Hack Your Decision-Making Powers

Did you ever notice that the more powerful decision makers in the world wear the same outfit every day, or every other day? Mark Zuckerberg wears a gray t-shirt and jeans every day. Steve Jobs wore a black turtle neck and jeans every day and may other famous people have made similar wardrobe choices according to this Forbes Magazine article.

Why would they do this?

They are hacking their brains, specifically their decision-making banks. Everyone has a limited supply of decision-making power. When this runs low, people have trouble making good decisions about just about anything, including what to wear.

The solution? Plan what you will wear well in advance and be consistent. I found Mark's and Steve's color palettes a little drab, so I have elected to wear a different color shirt every week day, but relatively the same color shirt on that particular day of the week. Ever forget what day it is? Some people look at there phones; I look at the shirt that I am wearing.

Worried that people will notice? It is call "the spotlight effect". One study had a person wear a Barry Manilow t-shirt in a room of their peers. Less than 50% of the peers noticed. In my own experience, only a couple coworkers have ever mentioned that I always wear a black shirt and jeans on Fridays, and they are certainly the most observant few.

So do yourself a favor, save up your decision making reserves for the important stuff.

Stay well engineered,

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