Decision fatigue… 😣 it can weigh you down!
Our habits and routines can be helpful, allowing us to conserve mental energy as it’s easier to do the things you have always done rather than doing something new, but
at times when we have so many options on the table and decisions to make, we can drain our mental capacity and deplete our mental stores.
Welcome decision fatigue… 🤯
Decision fatigue refers to that weary feeling you get after being faced with too many decisions either all at once or consecutively over a period of time.
And that after having made so many decisions impedes our ability to continue beyond this threshold point where the ability to make good accurate decisions can actually become worse.
Living in an environment of constant chaos, mess, stress or overstimulation is also something that can have impact upon our mental load and ability to make clear decisions because of such distractions and over stimuli for our brain to have to continually process.
Even living in highly cluttered spaces can make the mere thought of having to do something appear too hard, without first having to find our way through such mess and stress in order to both decide and do what needs to be done which can in turn impede such processes, leaving us feeling tired and fatigued (sometimes before we even begin).
Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fuelled by procrastination
The psychological effects of decision fatigue can vary and lead to behaviours such as impulse buying, decision avoidance, stress, accumulation of mess, and difficulty in making the right decision just to name a few.
Decision fatigue crushes willpower...
Like most things in life, our brain also needs regular breaks and time to replenish and restore 🧠
And although decision fatigue is something where some experts don’t fully accept the notion based on the lack of specific definition, there is still numerous research suggesting that it is in fact the real deal!
So today I’m sharing 3 ways you can reduce decision fatigue in your day to day life to help you move from chaos to calm if and when this little notion comes to light ☀️
1. Make your priorities - Priority
Learning to prioritise your most important decisions first, whether it’s scheduling appointments to allocating tasks to a certain timeline or friends and family.
Making decisions that are in alignment with your priorities are a must do in order to make sure your values and needs are consistently being met in a supportive, resourceful way.
2. Task batch
Grouping together like tasks are a great way to prevent you from multitasking and reducing levels of productivity.
By batching similar tasks together can help you develop healthy, sustainable habits that last.
An example of this is - in order to not have to think what you’re going to eat for dinner each day, try setting aside 15 minutes one day a week and plan your weekly meals out. This way you reduce having to think and decide what you’re going to have each day, leaving your brain with more space to either focus on other things or simply take a break
3. Set yourself a timeline
This is a great way to make you actually make a decision rather than ponder on it for too long.
When we sit on a decision for a long period of time the mere thought of it weighing over your mind can wear you down, so by setting yourself a specific deadline on these types of decision can help you move the decision making process along and have you making stronger, clearer, and decisive decisions in a more timely manner.
So there’s a few helpful hacks to get you underway to more time, space and energy in your day!
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Happy decision making,