Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for business owners and their teams. I write essays, books, work on projects and I podcast for you using #iPadOnly in #NoOffice as I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do. More…

Pre-deciding is the key to success.


Decision fatigue is real. It means that the quality of our decisions deteriorates as the days go by. We make better decisions in the morning when we’re rested… but by the end of the day we make worse decisions. So the key is to make most important decisions in the morning… and to reduce the number of decisions we make every day - and that’s where the concept of “pre-deciding” comes into play:

Pre-deciding is the key to success.

Pre-decide means create a “policy”.

If you find yourself facing the same problem over and over… and each time deciding how to deal with it - it’s time to create a “policy” so that you decide once and can keep applying the same decision again and again… without thinking to much about it.

Here are some examples of my “policies”:

I’ve made many more mini-policies like that. I hope these help you figure out yours.

Policies can be changed - but do that consciously!

It’s OK to change your mind! If you see that your policy is no longer relevant for you, schedule a “decision-taking” moment and revise your decisions. But do that consciously! I do that usually on Fridays when I’m doing my weekly review.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 /pre/