Due to road construction by my house, I must endure a five-mile detour every time I go anywhere for the next three months. The alternate route takes me around to access the city from a different direction than I normally use so I have been relying more on GPS to navigate my trips.

For the past several destinations, I have pondered whether I should go via Route A or Route B and decided to check the Maps app to provide the answer. What I have learned is that there is no appreciable difference. On several occasions, both Route A and Route B have plotted out at the same amount of time, and even Route C may be just a minute or two longer.

I think we spend a lot of time and create undue stress for ourselves by debating over things that do not matter. Seth Godin recently wrote: “Choices don’t have to be decisions.”

Or, as my mom used to say: “Six of one, half a dozen of the other.”

If the difference in your choice is negligible, do not spend any of your energy making the decision. Save your brain power for where there is a perceptible difference to be made.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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