Anyone who has seen Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg give presentations has probably asked why these wealthy, successful people wear the same clothes all the time. Here’s one good reason: avoiding decision fatigue.
Photo by Vicki Burton
We have too many choices to make in a given day. Many aren't even worth the time it takes to process them, but that doesn't make them go away. As productivity site Elite Daily explains, eliminating the choices from your wardrobe is one fairly big way to boost your productivity by removing unnecessary choices:
This is all related to the concept of decision fatigue. This is a real psychological condition in which a person's productivity suffers as a result of becoming mentally exhausted from making so many irrelevant decisions.
Simply put, by stressing over things like what to eat or wear every day, people become less efficient at work.
That's not to say you can't have a variety of clothes. Tossing out your fancy dresses isn't going to help you on Monday morning. But having a pre-set look for the workweek along with five, slightly varying versions of it can take the stress off. It also makes laundry easier. If all your shirts and pants or skirts go with each other, you don't have to worry which pieces need to be cleaned for which outfit. As long as you have a top and a bottom, you're good.