decision-making

The Art of Decision-Making, or Why I Painted All of My Walls White

35,000 decisions per day. Let that sink in for a moment. On average, adults make 35,000 decisions per day. I’m getting a headache just thinking about it. Decisions like what to wear, what to eat, which way to drive to work. No matter how small or large, decisions take up bandwidth in our brains. And just like the internet when the bandwidth gets taken up by useless stuff, our decision-making can slow down our effectiveness at work, in relationships, basically in every facet of our lives. What to do about it (there’s another decision!)? I’ll play Marie Kondo of your…

pleasure

What Makes You Feel Good?

Pleasure and pain are two opposite forces, which each send different signals to the brain. The pleasure signal gives the message: you should be getting more of this. The pain signal gives the equally, if not more, important message: you probably shouldn’t be doing this. When you are at work, you deal every day with these competing signals. There are some chores or tasks that bring pleasure, some that bring pain, and some that are most likely neutral. Is there a way to minimize or control those painful tasks or interactions? It would be worthwhile to try to do so if possible. Is there…

wasting time

I Ain’t Wasting Time No More

What do your days look like? Are they chunks of frenetic activity, interspersed with catching up on a thousand emails? Do you control your days or do they control you? We’ve all heard the same advice: email is obtrusive, turn it off or don’t look at it for extended periods of each day, and your productivity will soar. Really? Have those advice-givers ever actually tried it? If so, and if they were successful at it, then they are clearly not as in-demand as the rest of us are! Everyone has a different dynamic in their position or job. Some jobs…