Mark Zuckerberg is a pretty busy guy.
He built a community of 1.59 billion people. He runs a charity. He just had a baby. He spends his days thinking about algorithms, deciding on new social media apps to infiltrate people’s lives and wondering how to best spend his billions.
But there’s one decision he never has to make.
The Facebook founder and Our Life Overlord returned to work this week after two months paternity leave. And he shared a picture of his wardrobe. And in it: the very bland secret to his success.
Ol’ Zuck wears the exact same thing to work everyday.
Just grey t-shirts, and grey hoodies. Again and again. The unsexiest shades of grey we’ve witnessed. No one’s writing a best-seller about HIS shades of grey, but maybe they should.
Because the idea behind it is genius.
Zuckerberg wears the exact same thing everyday to eliminate having to decide what to wear. The idea being, he doesn’t waste any of his mental energy on clothing.
It’s an idea with some merit. Research shows that across the day your decision-making power diminishes. There’s a limit to the amount of decisions our brains can capably make in a day, so if you’re wasting mental energy on fruitless things, you get what psychologists call “decision fatigue”.
By eliminating all the choices, it leaves more room for the decisions that count.
Zuckerberg is following in the footsteps of other powerful men, such as Steve Jobs, and Barack Obama. Jobs, the late founder of Apple, wore blue jeans and a black turtleneck nearly every single day, providing him with a signature style, and saving him time in the morning. And Barack Obama told Vanity Fair in 2012, he only wears grey or blue suits.
“I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” he said.
Obama smart. Obama know things. Be like Obama, I thought.
So, I tried it.
And NOW? I am SO pro-uniform, guys. It levels out the fashion playing field of life. It eliminates decision making. If it works for school kids, why not continue it on into adulthood? (While we’re at it, can we bring back little lunch and Show n Tell?) So, buoyed by my love of the uniform, I developed a work uniform for myself.