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Prune or ruin

There are many studies on how we prioritize and make decisions. The most important evolution in this conversation has been the advent of neuroscientific research over the past few decades. Neuroscience is essentially an entire academic field of study devoted to understanding decision-making. It has not been until recent history that we can actual map and watch how the brain activates through the decision-making process.

A notable experiment in 2000 was the Jam study, where researchers found that more people bought jam when there were fewer options. Decision-making requires willpower. As the days goes on the more decisions we make the more this resource is drained, which can lead to easier or even unhealthy choices. Basically, remove the temptations to divert energy toward decisions that are less important to you, so your most important decisions get the most-resourced version of you possible throughout the day.

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Consider the implications of the study's findings to how you are building the capability of pruning:

Where do your values show up?
How would you explain to a 5-year old your process of decision-making?

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