My husband’s company has an annual holiday party. Every year around this time, I find myself remembering that I need some sort of festive cocktail party dress. So what do I do? More often than not, I wear the same one I wore the year before.
But this year, as I am attending what I think is my 10th office holiday party with him — and I realized I was going to pull out the same little red jacket-type thing I wore to our first office party — I decided that, potentially, I needed something else.
Fortunately, I got a shipment from Stitch Fix this past week. I’ve blogged before about my shipments from them. This service asks for your measurements and style and sends you 5 items of clothing when requested. You keep what you like and return the rest. I’m now on my 5th shipment, so they’re starting to get a pretty good sense of what I like.
Lo and behold, this shipment contained a red collared wrap dress. Is the dress perfect? No. But it’s festive and it fits. Paired with heels, I’m now good to go.
As I was hanging up my dress in the closet, feeling happy that I’d saved 3 hours of driving to the mall, hunting through the racks and trying stuff on, I realized that I am a classic “satisficer.” I have certain criteria, and as soon as I find something that meets my criteria, I go for it. If the something happens to arrive in the mail, all the better! An optimizer works hard to make the absolute best decision. A satisficer realizes that there is no absolute best answer for many things, and the human brain chooses to make itself happy with anything once the decision is final — and yours.
I’m pretty sure I’m married to a satisficer. My husband and I spent very little time looking for houses before we bought ours. That was actually the second decision in that process that involved satisficing. To be honest, we don’t actually have to live anywhere in particular. Why did we choose our neck of the woods? It’s got good schools, it’s close to a major metropolitan area (with an international airport), it’s 90 minutes from the beach and the mountains, and I happened to go on a package tour to Peru with one of our local council members a few years ago and she talked it up. Sold!
If I were a different person, I might think about the fact that there are a lot of holiday dresses out there. Given enough time, I’d probably find a dress that looks better on me. But I’d rather devote that time to other things. Particularly during the holidays.
Are you a satisficer?
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