PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL

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This book helps you make better life decisions

How would you like to live your 2021? This book, Predictably Irrational, will give you new perspectives to make better decisions. We’re rational enough to make good decisions when we’re calm. But we’re often irrational and forget everything that makes sense when we’re emotionally unstable. For example, I tend to eat junk food when I’m hungry, tired, or moody. I feel hungry writing this.

Try not to make critical decisions when you’re emotional

The author Dan Ariely did some psychology experiments to show that we’re prone to making the wrong decisions when gripped by intense emotion. Being mindful all the time and aware of your emotion may help. When you feel stressed out, stop making any critical decision and imagine Micky Mouse dancing and saying “I feel stressed out” in front of you. Before and during my bloody period, I’ll see Micky Mouse dancing and singing “I feel emotional” in front of me.

We’re happier when we stop comparing

The truth of human nature is that we just can’t help comparing. When choosing 2 similarly attractive options, we should have considered the decision an easy one, to save the bad consequences of not deciding. This is what I’ve learned from the book Predictably Irrational. In this case, no need to make an optimal decision! The simple answer is to randomly choose one by flipping a coin. Yes, as simple as that. Either choice is good anyway. Save the unnecessary comparison and enjoy right away!

When we buy less, we compare less. When we compare less, we’re definitely happier without decision fatigue. So, make fewer decisions if possible. The truth of relativity is that a decoy makes the target more attractive. Watch out for the decoy when you’re buying.

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80/20 rule

The 80/20 rule is to identify inputs that are the most productive and make them the priority.Β “What we need is to consciously start closing small doors because they draw energy and commitment away from the doors should be left open,” said Dan Ariely. The key question is “What’s your 20% to focus on for a happy life?”. It’s easier to make a better choice when we’ve identified what we value the most and the 20% that gives the results. For example:

20%– Health (healthy food, workout in nature, yoga and meditation)
– Family & close friends
80%– Wealth (investment and jobs)
– Growth (reading and doing new things)

Once you’re clear about what’s important to you, it’s easy to measure what matters and avoid other distractions that steal your attention. I was greedy and I tried having multiple goals but I ended up not achieving all of them. Multitasking is not for me. I prefer to be more focused on the 20% that matters now, keeping life simple and free! Not greedy anymore. But still feeling hungry.

Happy reading!

25 thoughts on “PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL

  1. Really – not making important decisions when emotional is a rule to live by! I’ve made such rash decisions when I’ve been down – argh! The books sounds like an interesting read.

  2. made *
    Without the s ( because the verb is in the past )
    A good idea in the book ( you summarized ) talking about have fulfillment and joy that is more important than achieving certain goals . Success is inseparable from fullfilment and inner peace …

  3. Hey HelenPS,
    Thanks for stopping by my site and liking one of my posts – Are you a People Pleaser?

    Predictably Irrational sounds a good read – will check it out. Happy New Year 2021 and thanks for the book review.

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