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I thought that deciding what courses to take in school was one of the hardest choices I had to make due to all the options we had. All the classes we can take. And all the classes we may not take. But who knew buying even bread or yogurt could be this complicated with all the options we have?

As we age and technology improves, this has not gotten any better. From dating to career planning and grocery shopping, our lives are inundated with options and choices at all time. The meetings we have to decline to show up to one. What about all the movie options we have? No wonder we get exhausted from all the decisions we make consciously and subconsciously.

I can’t count how many times I’ve had a conversation with someone who said how tired they were from making decisions and how they fear making the wrong decision. It’s almost as if giving ourselves permission to stop, do nothing, and pause is daring.

Out of all the options you have, why would you choose one over the other? Why would you do work on that project when you could finish reading that article? Why would you take that leisurely walk when you could get one more errand done? Yes, you could have written one more email and gotten one more thing done, but how are your brain and body responding?

When we are constantly responding, deciding and reacting, we are giving our brain and mind no space to pause, create or even think. And without that, not only are we exhausting ourselves but also making poor decisions, and feeling more tired and anxious.

So this week, I dare you to not do something for a while. Maybe block an hour. Maybe block a whole evening. Just give yourself some time to rest and plan on making no decisions. Who knows, despite all the crazy choices we have in life, you may walk away with a new ingenious idea.

Let that phone be unanswered just for a bit.

With love,

Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

About the Author

Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang, Founder, and CEO of InnovatorsBox® and Author of Rethink Creativity is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She helps companies rethink culture, leadership, and team development by making creativity practical and relatable regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

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