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We all know how expensive it is to eat out for lunch every day and that meal prepping saves you a ton of money, but could meal prepping also save you from making bad choices in life?

Every day we are faced with endless amounts of choices to make.

  • Should I work out?
  • What should I eat for breakfast?
  • What should I eat for dinner?
  • Who’s Snapchat story should I watch?
  • Which song should I listen to?
  • Should I like his Instagram photo?

Every one of these decisions is forcing us to use energy. Big decisions, little decisions, medium decisions it doesn’t matter – they all add up.

The fewer decisions you have to think about making each day the better off you’ll be.

When we wake up each morning ,we are given a certain amount of energy. Every time we make decisions big or small our energy level is depleted. Psychologists call this decision fatigue.

“Making decisions uses the very same willpower that you use to say no to doughnuts, drugs or illicit sex,” Baumeister says. “It’s the same willpower that you use to be polite or to wait your turn or to drag yourself out of bed or to hold off going to the bathroom. Your ability to make the right investment or hiring decision may be reduced simply because you expended some of your willpower earlier when you held your tongue in response to someone’s offensive remark or when you exerted yourself to get to the meeting on time.”

Says Psychologist, Roy F. Baumeister, co-author of “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.”

The fewer decisions you have to make in a day, the less you will be faced with decision fatigue. Prepping your meals for the week will help you eliminate using energy thinking about what you will eat for breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner. You can now save this energy and use it on something more valuable. Even trying to decide what to wear each morning could be costing you huge amounts of energy.

When your energy is low this will also decrease your will power. John Tierney from the New York Times says “When the brain’s regulatory powers weaken, frustrations seem more irritating than usual. Impulses to eat, drink and spend and say stupid things feel more powerful. ”

That’s right using your energy to make pointless decisions is leading you to spend more money, eat bad foods, drink more, and become irritated faster. Who would have thought?

So how can we beat this decision fatigue? You can keep things simple and try to save your energy for the important decisions. his is why Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg wear the same thing every day. They have more useful things to spend their energy on, so they must eliminate everything minor.

There are so many other things to spend your energy on besides “What do I want to buy for lunch?” or “What should I wear for work?”

Meal prepping helps me save energy because I don’t have to wonder. I may even start creating work uniforms for myself so I can get rid of the energy that it takes to think about what to wear.

Creating habits for yourself is also the key to beat this decision fatigue. Once you set an appointment with yourself and you know something has to get done, you won’t have to waste the time deciding if you’re going to do it because it’s become a habit.

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Meal prepping may seem hard at first, but that’s only because it’s no something you’re used to. If you keep going it will become a habit.

The same goes for working out. I know which days that I’m going to hit the gym. I know what clothes I’m going to wear to the gym and what body part I’m going to work on that day.

This takes the decision process out of everything. Creating habits and having self-discipline is what’s going to help you beat decision fatigue. You must be able to ignore your feelings and not give yourself a choice.

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Meal prepping is going to save you money, have you feeling, looking amazing, and save you energy that you can use on more important tasks for your day. Remember every decision that you make is costing you a price of your energy. Choose wisely.

 

Sources:

http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/17/why-you-need-to-sleep-on-it/?_r=1
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html

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