I recently moved into a new place in Melbourne.
On my first furniture shopping trip, I lasted only a couple of hours before I got decision fatigue.
My head was buzzing with couches, coffee tables, dining chairs… I honestly was considering taking a leaf out of Steve Jobs’ book, and just having one chair in my whole damn house.
Seriously, I ended up sitting in Ikea, surrounded by tired looking parents and couples trying to swallow their simmering frustration… and I just put my head in my hands and had a 5 minute ‘Barry time out’ sesh.
My head was so fuzzy I literally couldn’t decide on a single thing.
Decision fatigue is real, people.
Albert Einstein famously didn’t memorise his phone number, claiming that he didn’t want to clutter his mind. “Never remember anything you can easily look up.”
Mark Zuckerberg wears exactly the same T-shirt every day, so he can save his ‘brain power’ for making more important decisions.
They’re onto something.
Because we only have a limited amount of brain capacity each day.
I don’t care how much Red Bull you chug trying to squeeze a few more hours of ‘work’ out of your grey squishy stuff.
The longer you work your brain, the less valuable output you actually get from it.
Decision fatigue is part of the reason I feel it’s incredibly important to automate in business.
Automating the way we manage resources, system and processes… the more of that we can automate, the less we have to use our precious brains to organise that stuff on a daily basis. Which gives us more brain capacity for bigger, more important work.
In our Opulence program, we teach our students proven systems for automating all aspects of business.
We have a working format that is scalable and productive for everything -
Training new staff
Managing time effectively
Rolling out marketing initiatives
Running client sessions
Literally, everything you do in business can be largely automated.
And there’s so much great technology out there right now to help you do it.
It’s only because we are afraid of letting go of the reins, that we don’t push the boundaries of what we think we need to control.
Look, life throws us enough challenges as it is.
So I think that the more we can simplify doing business, the better.
Why make things more complicated than they need to be?
Here’s a few tools that can help you automate everyday stuff:
Active Campaign - customer relationship management
Asana - managing team tasks and projects
Xero - accounting
Slack - instant messaging your remote team
BambooHR - recruitment, screening, hiring and staff evaluation
HubSpot - total marketing and sales management
Freshdesk - multichannel customer support
Stripe - online payment gateway
If there’s something that can be done quicker in your business, you can bet there’s a software solution that’s designed do it.
So start checking out your options.