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Have you ever wondered how many decisions you make in a day?
Well, recently that question crossed my mind.
So I did some digging and I discovered the average adult makes 35,000 decisions a day.
I was blown away when I found that out.
It’s no wonder you’re feeling sluggish and tired by the end of your day, after having made so many decisions.
If you’re like me, even making a simple decision seems like a challenge. The other day my husband asked me what I wanted for dinner and my response was … “I really don’t care.”
Most people suffer from decision fatigue, which is one of the top focus killers that is preventing you from getting your best work accomplished.
Can you imagine if decisions were really easy to make and they didn’t feel like such a slog? Well, there is a way to prevent decision fatigue from creeping into your world.
First of all, reduce the number of decisions that you must make.
You can do this by separating your decisions into two categories.
1 :: The first categories are those high-value decisions. These are decisions that are directly connected to your values and to your goals.
2 :: The second type of decisions are those low-value decisions. They’re not connected to your goals or your values, and really in the grand scheme of things, don’t matter that much in the grand scheme.
For example, what you wear might not be a big decision that you must make.
When he was President, Barack Obama would only wear a blue suit and a white shirt. The only decision that had to be made was the colour of his tie … and he likely delegated that to somebody else.
Let go of low-value decisions.
Often, you may find yourself taking on decisions that you don’t really have to make … so let’s get those off your radar so you can use your mental energy to focus on making those high-value decisions.
Now that you have fewer decisions to make, do some deep thinking around those high-value decisions.
Deep thinking happens best when your focus is at its highest and your concentration is at its peak, which Is usually in the morning when your brain is fresh and you’re rested.
Do some deep thinking around that high-value decision, look at it from all angles, do some research into the metrics that might reveal the answer to you.
Check in with your intuition while you’re doing your deep thinking. Your intuition likely will be speaking to you and it’s really important to pay attention to it.
Once you’ve made your decision now comes an important step … it’s time to release it.
What often happens, and I’m guilty of this, is the decision is made and then I won’t release it. I’ll keep spinning it in my head over and over again, ruminating on it.
Replaying the decision in your head is a huge energy drain and it will zap your mental stamina even more. So once you’ve made your decision, release it and move on.
When you’re faced with these 35,000 decisions every day, separate the high value from the low-value decisions so you have fewer decisions to make.
Do some deep thinking around those high-value decisions, making sure that you’re checking in with your intuition, then make your decision and let it go.
And move on to make your next meaningful decision!