As we move toward the holidays, we know that we are going to likely have a busier schedule. Due to the increase in schedule and events, we will likely be making even more decisions that our baseline.
Did you know that we succumb to decision fatigue very routinely, if not daily?
We begin our day out with decisions – no matter how simple these decisions are they make an impact. Essentially, the more decisions, no matter the weight of them, your capacity for many good decisions diminishes. We are doing a lot of important things, we need to be able to make well informed, strong decisions.
So, how do we reduce decision fatigue?
We are creatures of habit. For the most part, we can predict some of the activities, choices, and tasks that will need to be completed during a given day. I recommend planning ahead and anticipate what decisions you will need to make. When you wake up in the AM, you know you will need to decide what you will wear the rest of the day. Make it easy. Pick out your clothes the night before.
Our decisions become more challenging when you have to actually make a choice between 2 or more objects, tasks, etc. For instance, I know that I am going to wake up tomorrow morning and drink my coffee. That is a fact. Something I do every morning. I can eliminate making a decision by one having one choice of coffee and one choice of creamer. I do not need to really think about it. Just brew my coffee.
Again, we all tend to follow a similar pattern throughout a given day, week, month, etc. In order to reduce the decisions we are routinely making – use a checklist for the common things/tasks you need to do.
For instance, we all know that we need to clean our homes. We can become overwhelmed by the process because we think of the large job as a whole and the many, many tasks it involves. Instead, create a cleaning schedule for yourself and your family. Makes it easier to break up the cleaning into more manageable pieces and reduce the amount of time you spend trying to prioritize.
Make you lists the night before so you can slowly get ready for bed by thinking about your day and preparing for tomorrow. It may also help you sleep better!
Try reducing the amount of time you are allowed to make a decision. Set a timer or a deadline for making the decision. Less time making the decision, less fatigue.
Do not overanalyze
We tend to get caught up overanalyzing our decisions. Thinking about all of the scenarios and stressing out on whether or not we are actually making the right decision. Try making a decision based on what you know to be true today. Not what may happen or the many what ifs you will consider as you make your decision.
Take breaks/care for yourself
We do not always put a lot of value in breaks. In fact we tend to lean more toward placing a greater value on productivity – sometimes just being busy to be busy and fell like you accomplished something. That’s a whole other story.
We need to put more emphasis on breaks. They do not need to long breaks. 5 – 10 minutes can do wonders, if spent appropriately. Maybe it is a quick walk outside, a journaling exercise, or meditation (just to name a few).
Intentional Living Tip: Take some time to think about the routine decisions you make in the day. Determine how you can consolidate or automate those decisions. Preparation is key! If you should ever need any support, please reach out to me personally or joint the Facebook group Home Intentionally. We are always here for support!