Don't Spend More Than A Few Seconds On Minor Decisions

We're all obsessed with finding the best — the best TV, the best laptop, the best...toothpaste. At a certain point, though, you're just wasting time. Ramit Sethi explains it well: don't spend more than two seconds on decisions that don't really matter.

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The below exchange, which he highlights in a blog post, pretty much says it all. It's hard for us control freaks to just make a decision — we deliberate, we research, we ponder. We "spend the same amount of time debating over the type of salt [we] buy as the type of car [we] buy."

Don't Spend More Than a Few Seconds on Minor Decisions

We've talked about this before — it's why President Obama only has suits in two colours, or why we recommend automating as much as possible. But for some of us, this needs to be a habit. The next time you find yourself deliberating, ask: is this something that actually matters? Or should this be a two second decision?

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