From the moment we get out of bed in the morning until the last thing at night our life is made up of a series of decisions. Every question we are asked or decision that we seek within ourselves demands an answer or some form of consideration. Even deciding not to make a decision is a decision. It is no wonder that for most of us by the end of the day, we are in a state of “decision fatigue”.
The morning hours are typically the best time for most of us to make decisions because we are generally well rested and have not hit the decision fatigue wall. As the day progresses and we get tired we tend to make decisions based on short-cuts or the path of least resistance, the quality of our decisions deteriorates the more fatigued we become. Earlier in the day we are more prone to base our decisions on considered and informed opinion and give more time to the process of weighing facts or looking for viable alternatives.
Clearly some decisions are far more important than others, regardless the sheer volume of decisions that we make day in and day out is enough to make a mind weary.
So what can we do when decision fatigue hits? I don’t think that there is a “magic bullet” accept to say, awareness can provide a bit of an advantage. Sometimes the only viable strategy or way of avoiding a poor decision is to postpone the answer. Postponing and not avoiding is important, particularly if the decision is going to be life altering or irreversible. Then again, when it comes to decisions sometimes close enough is good enough and even a bad decision can be forgiven (thank god, cause you know we have all made them).
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