15 min

552 - How to Combat Decision Fatigue Tiny Leaps, Big Changes

    • Mental Health

In this episode, we talk about decision fatigue.

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What is Decision Fatigue?

"As it turns out, your willpower is like a muscle. And similar to the muscles in your body, willpower can get fatigued when you use it over and over again. Every time you make a decision, it’s like doing another rep in the gym. And similar to how your muscles get tired at the end of a workout, the strength of your willpower fades as you make more decisions." - James Clear


Everyone has a reserve of mental energy, and each decision draws on it
The more decisions you make, the less mental energy you have

Two Ways to Avoid It:


Proactive: Optimizing your day to day routine to reduce unnecessary decisions (the president)
Choose your outfit the night before
Set out clothes for workouts
Meal prep

Reactive: Giving yourself space to reset and improve decision making (taking a break)

Do something fun
Take a break
Stop for the day



Key Takeaways:

1. Plan to make decisions early in the day

2. Make small decisions ( like what to wear) ahead of time

3. Avoid impulse decisions

Resources:

https://jamesclear.com/willpower-decision-fatigue

https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2019/05/13/how-to-identify-when-youre-experiencing-decision-fatigue/#1dfea0267fb4


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This episode is sponsored by
· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

In this episode, we talk about decision fatigue.

Try Bllinkist: http://blinkist.com/tinyleaps

What is Decision Fatigue?

"As it turns out, your willpower is like a muscle. And similar to the muscles in your body, willpower can get fatigued when you use it over and over again. Every time you make a decision, it’s like doing another rep in the gym. And similar to how your muscles get tired at the end of a workout, the strength of your willpower fades as you make more decisions." - James Clear


Everyone has a reserve of mental energy, and each decision draws on it
The more decisions you make, the less mental energy you have

Two Ways to Avoid It:


Proactive: Optimizing your day to day routine to reduce unnecessary decisions (the president)
Choose your outfit the night before
Set out clothes for workouts
Meal prep

Reactive: Giving yourself space to reset and improve decision making (taking a break)

Do something fun
Take a break
Stop for the day



Key Takeaways:

1. Plan to make decisions early in the day

2. Make small decisions ( like what to wear) ahead of time

3. Avoid impulse decisions

Resources:

https://jamesclear.com/willpower-decision-fatigue

https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2019/05/13/how-to-identify-when-youre-experiencing-decision-fatigue/#1dfea0267fb4


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This episode is sponsored by
· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

15 min