Winning The Week

Each and every day we are all faced with choices and decisions to make. Especially with the vast amount of information and consumable content available in our world today.

To put this in perspective for you, multiple resources estimate that an adult makes around 35,000 conscious decisions EACH DAY. That’s crazy right? These decisions can be things you don’t actively think about:

  • What you eat

  • What you wear

  • How to get to work

  • Etc.

But they are decisions nonetheless.

We all have a capacity each week, and each day, to make decisions, once we have reached that capacity, the chances of our decisions being the favorable outcome that we want, goes down.

Each decision that you make has a consequence - good or bad. Once you reach your capacity for decision making during the day, the consequences of those decisions will most likely be put in the “bad” category.

For more on that, and decision making itself, check out this article from Roberts Wesleyan College on decision making.

What I wanted to talk to you about is a little bit different than just decision making. What I wanted to discuss was how to maximize this decision making so that you can “Win The Day” and ultimately “Win The Week”.

What I mean by this is that unfortunately, we can’t increase our capacity for decision making too much.

So how can you make the most of the capacity that you have?

The answer to this might be more complicated than is easily recognizable on the surface. You might think “Just reduce the number of decisions you have to make”. While that may seem like the easy way to do it, it’s not just the flip of a switch to make this happen. Whether you’re actively aware of it, the food you choose to eat is a decision - notice how I said CHOOSE.

So you have to do things to set yourself up for the week and make those decisions simpler, so that you can allot more decision making capacity elsewhere on more complicated tasks.

How I put this into practice is I have a list of tasks that I need to have done on Sunday in order to prepare me for the week. Now, this list isn’t always 100% achievable based on what you have going on during the weekend, so keep that in mind.

My list is as follows:

  • Groceries bought for the week

  • Laundry all done, folded and put away

  • Meals prepped for the first half of the week

  • Living space cleaned

  • Work space cleaned

  • Other little tasks completed that do not need to be put off to do during the week

As you can see, these are small tasks and not very difficult, but they can have a drastic effect on your week and how you handle whatever else will follow.

The way this works is that it partially eliminates some of the decisions you have to make. For example, if you have all of your groceries bought, then you don’t have to actively make a decision about a) what groceries to buy, b) when you’ll have time to go get them and c) where you are going to go and get them. All of those decisions have already been made for you!

The same is true for the laundry and everything else on the list. The reason for each of those tasks being on the list is that they can all be done in one day and that helps allow more decision making capacity to go elsewhere during the week.

I hope all of this makes sense and I hope that you found this information valuable!

My challenge to you is to keep a journal of one week of your life and all of the tasks that you do, then at the end of the week see which of those tasks can be done in one day or condensed into one batch, that way you have more energy and capacity to handle bigger, more significant choices throughout your week!