5 Ways to Overcome Decision FatigueEpisode 38

5 Ways to Overcome Decision Fatigue

by Dr. Rick Goodman on December 27, 2019

5 Ways to Overcome Decision Fatigue


In Today’s world some of us are becoming exhausted from making hundreds of decisions weekly that affect our business and our personal lives. In this episode of The Solutions Oriented Leader Podcast I am going to give you 5 ways that you can overcome decision fatigue today!


5 Ways to Overcome Decision Fatigue


Use lists to make fewer decisions. A lot of your daily decisions can actually be avoided if you make a list and stick to it. The next time you are at the grocery store rather than walking through the supermarket trying to decide what you should buy, simply adhere to a grocery list. Daily to-do lists can have the same positive impact.


Delegate, Delegate, Delegate Hopefully, you’re surrounded by team members you trust—and if so, that means you have people to whom you can delegate decision making, especially on comparatively minor matters. Save your own decision-making energy for the really big and impactful items not the five-dollar activities!


Your best decisions are made in the morning. There is a lot of research to suggest that the best time to make big decisions is in the morning, which is when most of us have the most energy and the highest degree of decision-making tolerance. If you know you’ve got to decide about something, try to do it earlier in your workday.


Limit your options to less rather than more. For example, trying to decide between 100 different pieces of software can be maddening—so why not research two or three options, compare price points and overall value, then decide? Don’t allow yourself to become swamped by infinite choices.


Develop Daily Routines. Finally, one way you can minimize the decisions you have to make is by developing rituals and habits. For example, develop a routine of going to the gym every day at 8—and then, you no longer have to decide on each day’s workout time. Decide you’re doing to eat a salad for lunch every day, and then stop fussing over what to pack for your daily meal. Nobody likes to fall into a “rut,” but having certain rituals can really be helpful.

I hope these tips will be useful to you as you seek relief from decision fatigue. To learn more about being a decisive leader, reach out to me directly. Connect with Dr. Rick at www.rickgoodman.com or call 888-267-6098.

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