The Cost of a Wrong Decision

…may not be as big as the cost of not making one.

I read this the other day:

The more time you fight with your mind on which task you should be doing, the more mental bandwidth you’re using up that won’t be available later when the real work begins.

Sarah Aboulhosn

Energy is all we have to do what we want to. It can be mental energy, emotional energy, or motive energy – or a mixture of the three. But without energy, action isn’t efficient, holds no momentum; it may not even work.

So the energy we spend deciding what to do is not irrelevant.

If you have to choose between two similar paths (let’s assume we aren’t talking about a choice in which one of the paths has the potential to prove catastrophic), it’s not worth spending a lot of energy in choice optimization.

Going down a “sub-optimal” path but with plenty of energy to spare may be better than taking the “best” path with a half-full tank.

Spending time and energy to decide is a decision in itself. And it should not necessarily be the default one.

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