Are my decisions strongest when I am making them in the moment? … or when I have carefully considered and planned them?
Often, I get distracted from goals and plans because I make a different decision in the moment than I did when I carefully considered it. This doesn’t seem like the strongest strategy. I think that I need to have more confidence in my planning and then follow through.
The idea of changing habits with a checklist is a powerful one for both individuals and organizations.
For individuals …
For organizations …
I need to have enough confidence in the checklist to trust it enough to discount my feelings in the moment in order to stick to my plan (that I have carefully thought through).
This is one of the most useful sites that I have found on weight training in particular and training in general.
Why do people like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Barack Obama wear almost the same thing every day? Decision fatigue.
Here’s an article on what it is and how to avoid it.
Good habits and routines can be a powerful way to avoid decision fatigue.
This is an interesting article from the American Academy of Pediatrics about why Sprint Distance Triathlon is a Lifetime Sport.
Although I like the Olympic distance and I have done the 70.3 distance triathlons, I worry about the fatigue and injury as distances get longer. I wonder about the wisdom of trying to train for an “Iron Man”. Is that really healthier?
The shorter distances, however, still have the benefits of training in multiple disciplines but without quite the same effects on my life. I may just stick to Sprints and Olympic distances in the future. Realistically, for the life that I live, this kind of training is likely to give me better health value for the time spent.
Where possible, I like to summarize useful information with helpful pointers and links to relevant articles. In this case, James Clear has done this for us.
I think that the comments on mental errors, mental models, and procrastination are very helpful. Read on …
The Decision Making Guide: How to Make Smart Decisions and Avoid Bad Ones
William Shakespeare, As You Like It
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches