What Is Decision-Making Fatigue? 5 Ways To Avoid It

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The quality of life you have is dependent on the quality of your decisions. After a long session of decision making, exhaustion will set in and make you more anxious , stress you out then lead to the gradual deterioration of the quality of decisions you make.

As the quality of your decisions decline, you begin to make compromises that are irrational, self-defeating and counterproductive. You may put off taking decisions completely.

Today, decision fatigue is a reality that’s getting worse because of the increasing burden of moral, social and financial challenges we’re carrying. Briefly put, the burden of decision fatigue is increasing.


The deeper we descend into itje abyss of decision fatigue, the higher the tendency to get provoked or irritated easily and make more irrational decisions.

So, what should we do?

  1. Get your priorities right.


Get your priorities right by focusing on things which are absolutely necessary and scrapping the unimportant things.


Live simply and have fewer goals. Fewer goals mean fewer tasks. And fewer tasks leave you with fewer decisions to make and more space to take control of your life.


2. Have daily routines.


After setting your priorities, develop daily routines and follow them. Following daily routines should check the habit of taking irrational decisions based on impulse.

This is because every step is planned; clothes, meals, leisure time, just about every daily activity is planned. Little or nothing could come up and put you under the pressure to make decisions on impulse.


3. Take decisions in the morning.

Research shows that we tend to take our best decisions in the morning. The reason is, morning is when most of us are most careful and most thoughtful. We’re advised by experts not take decisions when we’re tired. They believe that we take .more wrong decisions when we’re hungry and tired..

So use your morning to set a direction for your day and to attend to difficult tasks.

4. Decide, take action and be happy.


Now, you’ve made the choice to live your life simply and have your daily routines, take decisions whenever necessary and be happy with them. Don’t worry if it’s right or not, worrying wouldn’t change the hand of time.

Go out, attend to the few tasks you’ve set for yourself, take rest breaks intermittently and make sure you enjoy life. Life is short.


5. Seek the support of friends, family and experts when you feel overwhelmed by challenges of life.

When you’re facing whatever challenge, know that it hasn’t come to stay. Fight it as much as your strength could carry you but don’t hesitate to ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness rather it’s a demonstration of strength to seek the help you need to overcome a challenge. Les Brown said,


Regardless of what challenge you are facing right now, know that it has not come to stay. It has come to pass. During these times, do what you can with what you have, and ask for help if needed. Most importantly, never surrender. Put things in perspective. Take care of yourself. Find ways to replenish your energy, strengthen your faith and fortify yourself from the inside out.”

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