Step Out of Decision Fatigue with this Simple Life Hack

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Decision fatigue doesn’t have to overwhelm you.

Decision fatigue is a very real challenge in today’s busy world.

And today I’m sharing one step you can take to give yourself some much-needed relief.

First, the basics…

So, what is decision fatigue, and why is it a problem?

Well, Wikipedia describes decision fatigue as “the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making.”

The takeaway is that, while having choices is empowering and something that we value, too many choices may become problematic at some point.

Indeed, I’ve recently had one client tell me that she starts avoiding choices when she is overwhelmed. This then leads to procrastination in her case. And that, in turn, triggers a rapid increase in her stress level.

What can you do about decision fatigue?

If you have too many choices, that means that you are, by extension, having to make too many decisions.  Some of your decisions will be proactive and helpful. Others may be made by default, or may be impulsive and actually very unhelpful.

So, what’s vital here is to cut down on the number of choices you have to make. And what helps?

It’s creating more routines for yourself.

Do this now…

  • Identify one task or activity that you want to follow through on, but often don’t.
  • Now, go back and lay out the steps involved in accomplishing this activity.
  • Each step is actually a choice, and here you want to identify the choice that most often throws you off track.
  • Now, combine this step with the one before, so that it is no longer a choice.
  • By making a problematic choice into something rote, you are taking one important step toward creating a routine for yourself.

For example, let’s say you want to do some gentle yoga stretches in the morning before you leave for work. But often, as you move through your morning routine, you leave that part out.

Tracing back, you notice that getting your yoga mat and spreading it on the floor is a key decision-point that you sometimes skip. So, rather than wait until you’re ready to do your stretches, pull that mat out as soon as you get up. That way, it’s there for you, making your choice to follow-through on your yoga that much easier.

Keep eliminating unnecessary decisions and see how it smooths your way and cuts down on decision fatigue in all sorts of situations.

And here’s more decision-making help for you…

Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone.

That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.

So, if you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template:  Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present – to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.

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