Decision fatigue is the deterioration of our ability to make good decisions after a long session of decision making. In other words, the more decisions you need to make, the worse you’re going to be at weighing all the options and making an educated, research-backed choice.
Basically, decision fatigue is as a form of "inner clutter".
Decision fatigue produces lack of energy and focus leads to making poor decisions. This is a problem. More and more our careers depend on making good choices. And by understanding decision fatigue and how we can counter it, we can make sure we’re operating at 100% all day long.
Every time we make a decision out brain gets tired as we answer the next one. Trying to make all the small decisions makes it harder with big decisions.
Tip: it’s better to have the small decisions organized so that you can focus on the more important things – make the simple decisions routine. Otherwise, it is better to make all the smaller decisions in the afternoon as you will be more tired by the end of the day. Save most of your bigger decisions for the first half of your day.
Decision fatigue is part of what social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister called “ego depletion.” Or, the idea that:
1. You have limited willpower, so when you use it up, you’ll make poor choices
2. Working for an extended period or being forced to make multiple complex decisions uses up your stores even faster
Some of us thrive off of making our own decisions – while, others thrive off of deciding based on what their loved one’s influence. As a professional organizer I work with people who struggle with decision fatigue – half want support while they make decisions, while other want me to validate their decisions.
For example, the decluttering process is a prime example. Many people have their own inner challenges with letting go of items that no longer serve them. There is fear – “what if I need this later?” (even though it’s been years since using the items); “what if I lose the weight?” “what if…” When we base our choices based on fear /feeling lost or disconnected then that will make a spiral of choices and decisions that will be motivated by them.
How to manage my decision fatigue?
1. Simplify the decisions you need to make in your day
2. Set realistic + honest priorities for the day
3. Allow yourself a few minutes a day to recharge + relax.
4. Make your bigger decisions in the first half of the day and the smaller decisions for the rest of the day.
5. Make sure you're eating properly, we tend to make better decisions when we are nourished.
Speak to people who’ve gone far in the direction you want to go, such a professional organizer – if you want an organized home but struggle with decisions contact me today to apply for a free consultation.
Do you want to live with the option of being constantly unsure of your choices and decisions OR be connected with the ones you’ve made?
Professional organizer, Kelsey Marion
Professional organizer's perspective on all things clutter, organizing, health, minimalism, and more!