How to Avoid Decision Fatigue

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The dreaded decision fatigue. It can make your productivity plans fail before you even begin! But what can you do about it? Learn how to identify decision fatigue and the best ways to avoid it for busy moms.

What is Decision Fatigue?

The theory of decision fatigue begins with the idea that you can only make so many good decision before your brain starts to get tired. You know what I mean: you can eat healthy for breakfast, even lunch, but by dinner you’re too worn out to make the good choice of having a healthy dinner! You’ve heard of famous people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg wearing the same type of outfit every day. That’s designed to take away one decision (what should I wear?) to save up that mental energy for more important tasks.

What Does Decision Fatigue Look Like for Busy Moms?

Tell me if any of these things look familiar: Planning to work out first thing in the morning, but deciding to sleep though your alarm. Wanting to make Pinterest-worthy lunches for your kids but settling for a Lunchable. Buying ingredients for a healthy dinner but ending up ordering pizza. Deciding to save money, but impulse buying at Target when you finally get some alone time. Or, you could be putting off a big life decision because it’s just too much to think about right now. Do any of these sound like you? If so, you may be suffering from decision fatigue!

Decision fatigue can make your productivity plans fail before you even begin! Learn the best ways to avoid decision fatigue for busy moms.

How to Avoid Decision Fatigue

Get Rid of What You Can

Eliminate as many choices and responsibilities from your life as you can. This means if you don’t have to do something, don’t! Be like a tech tycoon and limit yourself to fewer outfit choices (have you heard of a capsule wardrobe?). Make the same thing for breakfast and/or lunch every day. Follow a routine and work on instilling habits. Getting these decisions off your list permanently will give you more mental energy every day.

Automate It

If you can’t eliminate a task, automate it! Order your groceries online and save the order so you can buy the same things again next week. Sign up for Subscribe & Save for your favorite Amazon products, so you never run out. Set reminders on your phone or write things down in your planner, so you don’t waste precious mental energy trying to remember things – and end up with decision fatigue!

Delegate It

If you can’t eliminate or automate a task, see if you can delegate it! If it’s worth it to you, get someone else to clean your house or do your laundry. Give someone else in your family lunch-making or dinner duty. If you work at home, consider getting a virtual assistant to help with your admin tasks. Get it off your plate and onto someone else’s!

Streamline It

Finally, if you have a task you just have to do, find a way to streamline it. Figure out how to be as efficient as possible. Whether that’s elimination interruptions as you work, using dictation software instead of typing, or just batching tasks… Do your best to waste as little of your precious mental energy as possible.

When do you suffer the most decision fatigue? Leave a comment below!

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Decision fatigue can make your productivity plans fail before you even begin! Learn the best ways to avoid decision fatigue for busy moms.


2 thoughts on “How to Avoid Decision Fatigue”

  • Decision fatigue is a pretty big problem, especially for someone like me with chronic fatigue. Our brains are already a bit foggy at times, so it makes decision-making that much more difficult and giving up and just getting the item that much more likely.

    I try to limit the number of decisions I make in a day by tackling just a couple of errands a day (I know, it’s amazing that I have that luxury but I don’t have kids so I get away with it). If I start to feel overwhelmed, I ask myself whether I can put off the decision until the next day when I feel better. Usually the answer is yes, though sometimes it’s, “No, you’re already in the store, just make up your damn mind!” In which case sometimes decision fatigue wins but oh well.

    Also, I eat just about the same thing every day (except on days that I eat out) to avoid worrying about food. So I guess in that sense I gave myself one less thing to decide.

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