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Some super productive people don’t waste their time on the small daily decisions that take up much of our brain space. Prerna Gupta, chief product officer of social music app Smule says she’s able to tackle big picture problems by eating the exact same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. She calls it “reducing decision fatigue.”

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I only realized how much I try to “reduce decision fatigue” after a colleague saw my Outlook calendar several years ago and was “blown away” (his words) by the amount of personal appointments and color-coding – think “eat breakfast”, “vacuum house”. I explained that my calendar and ToDo lists help me establish daily routines and get certain things ‘out of my way’ that I know need to happen regardless of what else comes my way.