Decision Fatigue by The Carioca

How many decisions do you make throughout the day?

Every little decision is counted by our brain and triggers a sequence of synapses to solve it.

Blue or black? Shoes or Slippers? Tall or big? Soy milk? Almond milk? Rice milk?

Before taking your first sip of coffee, decisions have already begun. According to some estimates, the average adult takes 35,000 decisions per day. No wonder you’re tired.

This fatigue was studied by the Florida State University psychologist and researcher, Roy Baumeister, and it was Fatigue Decision.

According to Roy Bumeister’s study, the brain has a limited reserve of willpower. At every moment that you make a decision, take an initiative or resist temptation, that reserve decreases a little. As this reserve decreases throughout the day, the brain resorts to “strategies that require little effort and we tend to the easier options.” By this theory, the daily decision-making power of anyone is limited.

Decision Fatigue is the decrease in our ability to make choices because of the tiredness caused by previous decisions, so at the end of the day our tendency is to choose the safer option: say no.

Researchers at Ben-Gurion (Israel) and Standford (United States) universities attested to the concept.

In one of the studies of these universities were examined more than 1,100 decisions that Israeli judges had taken in a court to grant or not conditional. Prisoners who appeared before the judge at 9 am had a 70 percent chance of receiving the benefit, while in the middle of the afternoon that percentage dropped to 10 percent.

The difference was tiredness and the tendency to choose the easiest way: to deny the conditional.

After all, can we reduce this fatigue?

The answer is simple: whenever you make a decision, your reserve of energy and will power will decrease. The simplest but unfortunately not so easy solution is to decrease the number of decisions you need to make during the day.

How can we do this in a world that demands more and more?

1 – Create a daily routine

Do you remember the questions at the beginning of the text? It all happened in the morning.

We can create a morning routine.

If you always get up at the same time, meditate, have breakfast (coffee, water, fruit and bread, for example), shower and go, you do not have to make these decisions every morning. Decreasing the number of decisions you make early in the morning saves a lot of energy.

2 – Thinking About Weekly Planning

Book Sunday night to check the deadlines and important activities of the week and already decide on which days and times they will be made.

Decide what you need to improve on your professional knowledge or reserve days and times to finish reading those texts that have been pending for a long time.

Decide what restaurants you want to meet.

Decide who will take the dog for a walk and what days.

More planning, fewer decisions, more energy!

3 – Decrease the options

Why do you need to have variations of the same thing at home and have to choose one of them whenever you need to use them?

Barack Obama is a follower of this theory, only wore grey and blue suits.

The same line follows Mark Zuckerberg in the grey t-shirts and followed Steve Jobs with the blacks.

Fewer options, fewer decisions.

4 – Rest

At the end of the day, relax a little. Walk with your dog, take a shower, meditate. These times are good for the brain to absorb what you have spent and recharge a little.

Two extra tips:

*Eat well. Food is energy and Fatigue is precisely the lack of energy.

* Be careful not to confuse small decisions with productivity! Prioritizing agendas to make decisions and postpone a task are different things. Do not confuse decision-making fatigue and procrastination.

* Finally, if it is inevitable to make an important decision late in the afternoon, take a break earlier. Have a coffee, eat something, it will help restore your decision-making power.

Arilda Napoleão
The Carioca

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