Decision Fatigue

Contributor: Logan Polack, UW Oshkosh Intern, Summer, 2018

 Decision Fatigue

Decision making fatigue is something we all have suffered from at some point in our life. It is the deterioration of our ability to make good decisions after a long session of decision making. Whether it be what you want to eat, which movie to go to, or what to get a relative for Christmas at some point an impulsive decision will kick in to end the thought process dedicated to choosing something.

Here are some ways you can combat decision making fatigue:

  • Simplify the chores you need to do throughout your day. Throughout Barrack Obama’s 8 years in office he only ever wore a grey or blue suit. He eliminated something that can take some people 20 minutes to decide on. If you spend that much time picking out an outfit every morning that is almost two hours a week or 4 days a year! By picking out your outfit the night before you use much less mind power the following morning.
  • Be sure and prioritize your important tasks early in the morning so that you have a fresh mind going into making that important decision. Try writing a list of only five things you want to work on the night before so that you are only focused on a few things at once.
  • Be sure and make big decisions when your motivation and willpower are both high. Do not allow yourself to become susceptible to changing decisions when you feel a change in energy. A good example of this would be on Sundays when people normally meal prep. They prep to avoid unhealthy temptations as the week unfolds. Another great tool one may use is FocusTime which allows a person to set a period of time in which they work and are productive and block tempting sites such as news sites or social media.