We’ve written about what is decision fatigue in this blog post, but we asked our CEO, Mila, what are 5 ways she combats decision fatigue? Her answers inspired us and we wanted to share them with you.
What do you suggest for reducing decision fatigue?
- Remove unnecessary minor decisions by making positive habits
Even small habits – things like a breakfast routine or blocks of time dedicated to important things help save the decision to do them and the details involved. Evolution has helped us to reduce some of the decisions as well. Mila shared a book she liked called “How We Decide” which discussed how we encode memories which helps us with decisions. The example they gave was choosing what to eat in the morning – if we analytically approached that decision every day it would be an overwhelming decision tree. Instead preferences and habits help reduce this mental strain. The next step is to be intentional about the positive habits!
2. Utilize tools to reduce the complexity of the decision.
Clearly we are pretty passionate at Pronti about this – Wardrobe assistants are a great example – the assistant gives you outfit options and the decision is easier! We really see the benefits of using the assistant over time too – each season change we can look to our favourites for the ways and combinations we wore the year earlier. Other examples include goal planning apps, time management tools and decision-making frameworks.
3. Make your most important decisions early in the day
Ultimately you need to know yourself, but generally speaking your peak energy and mental focus is not at the end of a day.
4. Make the decision once! So if you decide to go to the gym on Mondays, don’t question the decision before you are supposed to leave – you’ll only wear yourself out mentally.
This is a classic thing we do. We planned to do something and then we think – I know I should, but I don’t really feel like it. Then you spend the next 10, 20, 60 minutes thinking about whether you should or shouldn’t do it. This is exhausting mentally and really zaps you if you do it frequently.
5. Know your priorities – decision making becomes more clear when you know what you are trying to achieve
It’s easier to make a decision about something when you know the context, what is important to you, and big picture. Those high level goals should not change frequently but serve as a direction of travel.
and she had one last thing to add – get a great nights sleep!