I recently attended an event where the presenter discussed the idea of decision fatigue.
In short – your brain begins the day reasonably full and each decision you make drains a little bit of decision making juice from your battery. If you deplete it completely you may find yourself inhaling 24 chicken nuggets and a sundae at 2 in the morning.
This idea might explain away some of my many questionable late night decisions 😮
To get some benefit from this concept you could:
- Get up early and tend to your meaningful work before the day crushes your spirit and will to live
- Make important decisions earlier in the day (postpone until tomorrow if you receive late request)
- Delegate decision making to someone else later in the day (“You decide what’s for dinner’)
The decisions we make tend to shape our lives. Let’s try to make better ones.