Every so often some life coach or guru says that he/she always wears the same hoodie or eats the same thing for breakfast. The rationale is that the brain only has limited capacity-juice-willpower-attention-yada and is easily overwhelmed. Thus, if you save the brain the agonizing decision of which shirt to wear or eating what you are craving, you’ll have so many smarts left over to solve Fermat’s Penultimate Theorem, compose a small symphony or at least pay closer attention during the next meeting.
It’s true that automating decisions saves a modicum of time and energy. It’s probably not a bad way to inspire healthy habits. Just eating chicken breasts and salad might help you lose weight, for example, more so if you do it every day. But are these small decisions so arduous that it makes that much difference? Do you dress the same each day or “automate” any of your decisions? Does it help? Or is this just bull feathers - stuff people do that deprive them of choice while feeling superior to others?