Ofcourse every decision you need to make are not going to be crucial or nerve-wrecking! But, it is a known fact that psychologically we are able to make only a certain number of decisions on a daily basis without experiencing 'Decision Fatigue'.
Decision fatigue is the deterioration of our ability to make good decisions after a long session of decision making.
Here are three things you can do to avoid the pitfalls of Decision Fatigue...
- Simplify the choices you need to make throughout the day. Leaders like Steve Jobs and Barack Obama are known to wear only certain work outfits, thereby eliminating their need to daily 'select' work clothes. Following a strict daily routine or having a set weekly meal plan are some of the other ways you can reduce your daily decisions.
- Work on high-priority items earlier on in the day. If you are working on a task which will require weighing of pros and cons to arrive at carefully evaluated solutions, then work on those tasks as early in the day as possible. This will allow you to work on them while your mind and your decision-making ability are still fresh.
- This may seem silly or even impractical, particularly for today's leader working in a fast-paced work environment but taking a short nap in the afternoon will do miracles to clear and refresh your brain. This is what researchers call as "Housekeeping Theory" which states that when we sleep, our brain trims some of the connections between neurons. This allows room for new information after we wake up.
Plan and schedule your day in such a way, that you are maximizing your work efficiency and your decision-making ability.