What is Decision Fatigue? How to Combat it!
Yes, that's right, along with everything else even our decisions & thoughts get exhausted! I am sure you have experienced this later in the afternoon at work, tired and perhaps a little hungry, our brain and decisions just don't seem to be as sharp as they were when we first started our shift.
Let's see why decision fatigue happens and how we can limit this from happening to us.
What's happening here?
Well research has shown that on average, the longer the day gets and the more decisions we are forced to make, the worse they get.
Often leads to procrastination and a lack of motivation.
The research shows this outcome by looking into the parole decisions regarding prisoners coming before the parole board in the hope of getting released.
They found that prisoners who appeared early in the morning received parole about 70 percent of the time, while those who appeared late in the day were paroled less than 10 percent of the time.
Wow! If I am ever looking to get out of jail, I know what time I am going to see the parole board!
So how can we get better from this information?A Routine of course! Giving yourself a structure throughout your day, following a routine so you can limit the decisions you are forced to make in your day to inturn make the decisions you need to make better!
You can implement some strategies to make your routine autonomous such as;
- Eating the same breakfast every day
- Wearing a uniform, or organizing your wardrobe to limit decisions. Wearing the same outfit
- Write out your perfect morning routine, schedule it by time
- Journaling and planning your day
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