Decision Fatigue


The definition

‘In decision making and psychology, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. It is now understood as one of the causes of irrational trade-offs in decision making.’

Have you ever got to the end of the day and felt like you just need to switch off from the world and you struggle to even make a decision on what to make for dinner that evening? Most people have felt like this at some point – I know I have.

Many articles and websites advise going Minimalist to help combat the issue of decision fatigue and I happen to agree.

As soon as we wake up in the morning we begin to make decisions on many things. What to have for breakfast, what clothes to put on, what time you need to leave the house by. If you are full-time employed you also have many decisions at work to contend with; the added pressure of a boss or people who rely on you to make the right decisions.

Minimalism can help with decision fatigue by taking away many choices and minimising stress in the process.

If you have less stuff or just what you need you have less decisions to make.

I have a work wardrobe of 5 dresses – one for each day. A uniform as such. Each night before bed I take one out and hang it on the front of my wardrobe along with underwear and shoes. It means there is one less thing to think about in the morning.

I also east the same breakfast each day or decide at the start of the week what I’ll have that particular week if I need a change.

Tips on battling Decision Fatigue

  • Make your big decisions in the morning – Your mind is clearer and you’re not worn out from a days’ worth of decision making at this point.
  • Choose the simpler option – Choose the path of least resistance. What choice would leave you feeling less overwhelmed? And less stressed?
  • Limit your options – This is where a minimalist wardrobe can come into play. Fewer choices mean less stress about what to wear each day.
  • Done is better than perfect – Do the best you can and accept that not everything can be perfect but it can be accomplished. Learn to be okay with good enough. You can always come back to a task later if you have the time.
  • Remove yourself from distractions – Are the notifications on your phone consistently pinging all day? Deciding whether to read them or continue with the important task at hand can be very draining. Put your phone on silent when you can.
  • Go minimalist – Take away numerous options, downsize your stuff and live each day with intention. You’ll be glad you did.

Have you ever suffered with decision fatigue? How did you combat it?

11 thoughts on “Decision Fatigue

  1. devisecreateconcoct says:

    I’ve turned of my notifications as well. Lol. I also have a rule that I don’t engage with my phone after 8pm every week night. Helps me calm down before bed. I’ve noticed a substantial difference in my anxiety levels. How about you guys? Do you feel better since you’ve done it?

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  2. jessicaconstable says:

    Yes! Thinking about it just now, how to set goals for 2017 is giving me decision fatigue! And also where to right them – last year’s journal, this year’s, my work notebook, the notebook for personal development notes…I’m going to set aside tomorrow to get this tidied up and then that’s it. It’s cluttering my brain!

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  3. iamnotabird says:

    I get very easily distracted by my phone, and the sound of constant notifications drives me up the wall. A couple of years ago I started disabling all push notifications—if the app is important enough to me, I will check it manually. If not, it’s probably not worth my time anyway. I know not everyone can do it, especially those who make a living by interacting in real time on social media platforms, but it works really well for me. Thanks for your minimalist advice!

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