Avoid Decision Fatigue

5 min

Account for decision fatigue so you don’t make incorrect decisions with a tired brain.

Here are a few ways to lessen decision fatigue:

Make important decisions in the morning.

People generally make worse decisions as the day goes on. If you have to make a hard decision, wait until you’ve had a night to rest before making it.

Eat.

Research has shown that when your brain is low on glucose, it responds more strongly to immediate rewards and pays less attention to long-term prospects. Have a handful of nuts or a granola bar before you have to make a hard decision

Limit the number of decisions you have to make.

Researchers estimate that the average adult makes 35,000 decisions a day. And each one of those takes a little bit of brain power.

But if you can reduce the number of choices you make every day, later decisions become easier. It’s why Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg wear the same thing every day.

Time for a quiz.

Cam is about to leave work for the day when one of his team members comes to him with a question: Should they offer a customer a major discount?


Should Cam make this decision?

Quiz 1 of 1

Should Cam make this decision?

a
Yes. People make their best decisions quickly.
b
Yes. People make their best decisions after a day of decision-making.
c
No. He should go home, sleep, and make the decision in the morning.
d
No. His mind is already on his next task (commuting), so he won’t make the right decision.

Answer C: No. He should go home, sleep, and make the decision in the morning.


Cam is probably suffering from decision fatigue right now. He should wait until morning to make the decision.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP:


If you have a decision to make, put it off for a few hours. Take a night to replenish your brain’s energy and make the decision in the morning.

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