A Study on HANGRY Judges
An experiment done in Israel proves the power in mental fatigue to change a person’s fate. The article was first published on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America website on April 11, 2011. Researchers analyzed data from criminal cases to “test the effect of the ordinal position of a case on the judge’s decision and the effect of the judge having taken a break to eat.” From data collected from 1,112 judicial rulings, the study found “that when judges make repeated rulings, they show an increased tendency to rule in favor of the status quo.” In simpler words, making rulings repeatedly can increase the likelihood of judges simplifying their decision-making process. The judges are becoming tired of making decisions and as a result, simplifying their mental processes.
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This study displays the power of a single decision and our responsibility to prepare for the long game in terms of decision-making. To portray this idea, consider a hypothetical judge that has a reputation of deciding justly 80 percent of the time and unjustly 20 percent of the time. Our society has built a reputation of commonly focusing on that imperfect 20 percent. This reason is good enough to respect and value decision-making and the energy we must exert to make one.
How do we combat decision fatigue?
Simply put, we prepare what we can, when we can, and as often as we can. Sufficient preparation might not always be an option in our everyday lives, but when it is, it is wise for us to choose it.
Mark Zuckerberg is known for wearing the same outfit every, single day. Many people ask him about his fashion choices and everyone comes back with the same answer, to give more energy to Facebook. It seems that Mark Zuckerberg embraces a preparatory lifestyle to achieve greatness. If I am to judge a tree be it’s fruit, the fruit being Facebook, I might say he may know a little something about greatness.
Barack Obama wore the same tuxedo for his two-terms as president. This might not be as extreme as Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to wear the same outfit every day, but it is a perfect display of someone that values the power of a decision and the amount of energy we must exert to make one.
Successful bodybuilders often times prepare their meals a week in advance. Planning meals entails choosing meals for the week that fit a set budget, making a grocery list, buying all of the ingredients, cooking the meals, and then storing each meal. Respecting the power of a decision about a meal is clearly a key to success in bodybuilding. Bodybuilders put in work in the gym and in the kitchen, while maintaining a professional and personal life. Success is a lifestyle, not an act.
A prep lifestyle is a foundation put in place to keep us on the path to self-defined success. By living a preparatory lifestyle we preventatively combat decision fatigue, increasing our likelihood of success. What are you doing to create a prep lifestyle?
Trish Perez is the senior editor, content curator, intern, web designer, chef, custodian, and proof reader at Storm Praise Publishing. Trish also serves as lead in the creation of the children's series, The Adventures of Josie and Bud, which makes its debut in December 2017.