31 Days of Finding Freedom in Simplicity - Decision Fatigue

Decision Fatigue is a real thing.  Did you know?  Have you ever heard of decision fatigue?  Decision fatigue is the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making (source)

It is reported that every day you will make around 35,000 decisions.  Every.single.day.  That seems crazy!  And to give it some perspective, your child will make around 3,000.  Even that is a shocking number of decisions each and every day.  No wonder we are all so overwhelmed and stressed.  We are all constantly trying to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families.

We want to make the right decision for our family, but inevitably comparison can seep into your decision making process. 

What a heavy weight to hold onto. 

This is why it is good to have your family mission statement written down, and firmly in place.

When you have a set of values, making decisions can be much easier for you and your family.

The biggest problem with decision fatigue is the fact that oftentimes if you are not actively making the decisions they will be made for you.   What happens is you begin to be dragged by the current, and while sometimes it is necessary, and you want to go with the flow, other times you realize that the decisions you are making are not the right ones for your family.

This has happened to me in the past.  The decisions that I make with and for my family are not always the common decisions that you see most people make.  Not only is there decision fatigue with the amount of decisions we make in a day, but then if you make a decision outside the norm, you have to then explain why you are making that decision.  This can cause you to second guess yourself, or also just be wearying on you.

You will never be able to completely remove decision making from your day, but there are some simple ways to move beyond decision fatigue, and to relieve some of that stress from your entire decision making process.  Tomorrow we will talk about one of the best ways to combat decision fatigue.

Do you find yourself having decision fatigue?  Which decisions are the hardest for you to come to a conclusion on?

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