Five Heuristics to Help You Decide
Great stuff here, Gurwinder. Thank you. I had no idea I was a mythical donkey. But indeed, I am Buridan’s ass.
These are great. Re regret, I'd add: Regret things you have done (up to some line obvs) than things you have not done. I agree with @TylerCowen (if memory serves?) that reaching the end of your life and having no regrets is a bad strategy.
There are some real gems here, with the 2 minute rule being the one I’m committing to first. Thanks and well done!
Great post,thank you. Another heuristic I’ve found useful is reversibility - I.e., in conditions of uncertainty choose the course of action that can most readily be reversed.
Wow. Terrific advice that came at a perfect time. Thank you.
Here's another one: if a choice between two material things makes no difference, always take the one on the right OR always take the one on the left. If you always choose one or the other, then there is no waste of time overthinking it.
Eliminated decision fatigue about food, and maintain a super healthy diet, by meal planning and eating the same things 5 days per week. Also eliminates eating out of boredom. 10/10 highly recommend.
Have also eliminated comparing products online for 2 hours to save $2 on a purchase. If it takes more than 10 minutes to decide which one to buy, I dont buy anything.
Also, I believe that drug addiction often comes from not making important life decisions. But its often rooted in not having the guidance needed to make those decisions. We all need something to look forward to, and when we dont choose, getting high fills that hole in the worst way possible.
Excellent advice. Just realised Solomon's Paradox puts a name to something I already do but didn't quite realise I did. I am also a massive fan of their cruelly neglected overambitious second LP from 1970.
“Buridan’s ass illustrates that there’s a cost to weighing options, which can exceed the cost of any of the options. Thus, the choices we make don’t need to be the best; they just have to be worth more than the time spent making them. If we spend less time making decisions, we can spend more time making whatever decision we made work.”
Like this the best! The whole article is great👍
This is so very timely for me. I'm trying to line up my business responsibilities and implement more quickly. With ADHD it can be a nightmare when things I enjoy collide with things I need to do. Deciding when to continue designing new content or to halt for implementation is critical to growth. 💜
Outstanding article Gurwinder! Very thought-provoking! Cheers!
Hell yeah, love this stuff, thanks dude!
Gurwinder, thanks for a great article. Have you ever read or heard anything from Jocko Willink on detachment? It reminds me a lot of your writing on Solomon’s Paradox.
You continue to provide exquisite value in pretty much every post I read. Kudos! Thank you very much!
I love this stuff !! Could read it all day long. Great article Gurwinder.