How ‘Bright-Line Rules’ Help You Make Better Decisions

How ‘Bright-Line Rules’ Help You Make Better Decisions

While many of us might want to make better decisions in our work, making this happen isn’t always so easy. 

This can often be down to having fuzzy goals. For instance, you might say you want to ‘save more money’, but you don’t define what ‘more’ means in this context. 

You may also find that your brain is overwhelmed by all the stuff that needs doing – with different things constantly clamouring for attention. This can crowd your thinking and hamper your ability to decide what to do first. 

Creating what habits expert James Clear calls ‘bright-line rules’ can help overcome some of these issues.

What are bright-line rules?  

Bright-line rules are clearly-defined standards that are very unambiguous. Examples: 

  • “I process my accounts each day between 10am and 12pm”.
  • “I work on my e-book every day between 4pm and 6pm”.
  • “I schedule social media posts on Thursdays between 1pm and 2pm” and so on. 

A good thing about bright-line rules is they reduce the need for you to make constant decisions. Using bright-line rules can also enable you to start small, work in increments and build on your progress of a task or goal. This helps avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed from trying to do it all at once. 

Lastly, bright-line rules can conserve energy and willpower – which can then be directed towards other tasks and prevent that feeling of mental exhaustion that can happen at the end of a busy day.