Decision Fatigue

Alongside the struggle of consistently employing the "No Win" decision making model that we discussed yesterday, is the problem of decision fatigue.

Decision fatigue occurs when we've spent all day making decisions and we literally feel like we do not have the capacity to make another decision.  In my life, this often happens surrounding what to have for dinner.  If you've ever struggled around dinner time, this could be your problem, too!

To reduce decision fatigue, it's necessary to reduce the number of decisions that you'll need to make in a day. 

Creating a plan for the week at the beginning or end of a week can cut down on decision fatigue.  Instead of waking up in the morning and feeling directionless, you've already laid a plan out for yourself.  You won't need to make a decision about what needs to be done that day because you already figured it out.  Simply follow the plan.

Another way to eliminate decisions is to engage your habit following capabilities.  Eat the same thing for breakfast, go to the same coffee shop to work, or engage in the same type of work at certain times a day.  Obviously you'll need a change up from time to time, but make your decisions for a week or two week period.

One of my art professors in college decreased the decisions she would have to make in a day by having a daily "uniform".  She chose to wear black from head to toe.  She was comfortable in it and that worked for her.  What's a "uniform" you could live with for daily activities?  Maybe it's jeans and a t-shirt or all neutral tones.  What do you tend to gravitate towards any way?

Clearing out some of these minor decisions gives your brain the space to make the important decisions more intelligently.

What decisions can you make, once and for all or for a certain time frame like a week or two weeks?