Limited Cognitive Resources

Everyone is always figuring out ways to get more done in less time. One thing that stood out to me recently was President Obama’s popular productivity hack. You’ll notice that he only wears gray or blue suits. This is because he wants to reduce the amount of decisions he has to make on the things that can be automated in his routine. One of the many things he does to keep focused on what matters. Less small decisions means more time for the big ones.

This limited cognitive resources conversation sparked in one of the groups I’m in because of discussing meal preparation. My friend Chris talked about his experience making simple meals with chicken and broccoli to manage his time. It is a brilliant and simple solution to making the investment up front of deciding meals for the week and cooking them. Chris benefits from using his time wisely but this isn’t the only way.

A large amount of the hospitality economy in America benefits from our love of dining out. Studies on how our minds are changing revealed millennial’s saying cereal is too difficult to make. This is primarily because of the process needed to pour the cereal, get out the milk and clean up any spills or dishes afterwards. Sounds crazy to me at first glance.

I think simply blaming this on the “entitlement generation” is to overlook the positive result of this fundamental shift. What if I told you that the millennial’s are simply acting as time economists? Advancements are causing us to look at productivity on a whole new level. By outsourcing the responsibilities of our food harvesting and preparation, we are opening a new world of time creation in our careers. In my opinion the line between work and life balance has meshed with one another in a new way. The masses are no longer responsible for maintaining gardens to grow their food so they are free to fully leverage their new found time to focus on the larger issues of social altruism.