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Why Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook wears the same grey t-shirt everyday

Jobs’ ‘uniform’ was always a black mock turtleneck, blue jeans and New Balance sneakers. Zuckerberg wears mostly a grey t-shirt, and was often pictured in a hoodie in his earlier days. US president Barrack Obama has identical high-powed suits made in the same colours — grey and blue.

Why do these high-powered folks wear basic shades of the same? Based on a collage of reports Idealog found, it is evident these men in monotonous outfits want their attention to be focused on doing clever things with their brain.

Zuckergerg: “I want to clear my life…”

At a Facebook “town hall” meeting in November, Zuckerberg answered questions about his limited wardrobe by saying: “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve the community.”

Albert Einstein reportedly bought several versions of the same grey suit because he didn’t want to waste brainpower on choosing an outfit each morning, according to Forbes.

And if Obama thinks it is bad to waste your decision making credits, the world should pay just a little attention.

Obama: I wear only grey or blue suits…”

“You also need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day.  You’ll see I wear only gray 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 told told Vanity Fair the reason he only wears grey or blue:  He says research shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions.

And here’s why you need to focus on things that really matter, even when it comes to making decisions. Ever heard of decision fatigue? According to the Guardian, decision fatigue — describe as a real condition where you become overloaded with so many pointless decisions that your productivity ends up falling off a cliff – can be damaging.

Decision fatigue

Decision fatigue hits when you spend so long wasting precious mental energy on frivolous distractions – such as what to wear or what to eat – that you stop being able to do your job properly, it said.

“You become paralysed with choice. You start making bad decisions and exercising poor self-control until you end up being booed out of your own boardroom by a gaggle of elderly puce-faced stockholders.”

So, start clearing the wardrobe and have only one or two tones of the same clothes to free up your mind for greater work.

Loves peanut sauce, tennis, taichi, stockmarkets, and cool entrepreneurs – not necessarily in that order. In her previous reincarnations, she was an intranet worker bee at Mercer HR Consulting, a Reuters worker ant, and a NZ Herald mule.

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