Heuristics, or rules of thumb are guiding principles that help us to live life in a manner that we deem right.
In our age of connectivity, we have too many distractions. And too many associations who are constantly clamoring for our attention. To make the right choices, we cannot waste time thinking through every single decision we have to make in a day.
A heuristic is a guideline, not a strict rule. It gives us a boundary and a limitation. It also gives us the flexibility to go beyond the boundary if necessary.
Heuristics Cut Through The Distractions
A heuristic refers to a practical method or approach to problem-solving that may not be perfect or rational. But it gets the job done.
Think of them as mental short cuts to save your cognitive energy. Every time you have to make a difficult decision or choice, a heuristic makes the choice easier.
The idea of using rules of thumb in the form of heuristics was made famous by psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahnemann. However, the roots of the concept trace back to ancient Greece.
An example of a heuristic is the decision that you will not eat meat on Fridays. This makes it much easier to plan your meals and decide what you will eat on any given Friday (nothing with meat). However, because this is a heuristic, you are allowed to eat a hamburger on a particular Friday because it is your best friend’s birthday and he insists on taking you to his favorite burger joint.
In conclusion, your odds of success will improve when you spend your resources and energy on fewer tasks. So stop spreading yourself thin and rely on heuristics that helps you make the right choices for your life.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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