Choosing to Make Choices

Foodie Dice, on a roll.

The inability to make a decision has often been passed off as patience.
— Author Unknown

I got my set of Foodie Dice through Kickstarter, thinking it would be a fun way to add variety to my meals. Apparently, many other people thought the same as the final amount pledged and donated was twenty times the initial goal. The creators kept adding dice, offering more choices, but the original set was enough for me. 

I am a casualty of the "explosion of choice", as humorously explained by Barry Schwartz in his TED Talk, The Paradox of Choice. I have been known to exit many a department store (women's clothing and shoes in particular) empty handed because I find the number of choices, numbing. I do best in small boutiques with a very helpful salesperson. 

Schwartz offers that having too many choices 1) paralyzes our decision making and 2) we are less satisfied with the choices we do make.  As I listened to his talk, I kept hoping that he wouldn't advocate for less. I love the constant flow of new products, books, movies and yes, even clothing. I think we just need better decision making tools, not less choices.

This reminds me of the first time I visited the Louvre Museum. We were on a tight schedule and decided to split up after viewing the Mona Lisa. I chose to see only paintings by certain artists or categories and used the museum map to help me through the maze. I loved it. 

I'd like to pay attention to the way I make choices because I look forward to a lifetime of all that's "new and improved".  The older I get, the tighter my schedule gets. I want to choose my categories well, map it out and go looking for my choices. I'll love it.


Image: iPhone5s.