Paradox of Choice - Mindful Satisfaction Exercise

Posted on November 20th, 2013

  1. Learn to recognize when you’re stuck because you’re maximizing instead of satisficing.

  2. Learn to love the constraints. Find ways to impose them on yourself. This is very freeing, especially if you tend to always want to keep your options open.

  3. Learn that good enough is good enough, all the time.

  4. Learn to regret less. Focus more on the positive aspects of your decisions and less on the negative aspects. Practice being grateful for what’s good in our daily lives rather than being disappointed in what’s bad. Make gratitude exercises a daily habit.

  5. Choose when to choose. Delegate decisions to review magazines, friends with expertise in that area, advisors, etc. Save the effort and energy for domains you know or need to know.

  6. Think about what it is we really want, rather than just going out and being swamped by features.

  7. “Satisficing” does not come naturally to many of us. You really have to work hard to internalize it and make it part of your life.

Reference: The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz

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