I’m Tired. You Decide. Decision Fatigue

I’m Tired… You Decide – Decision Fatigue

Do you ever feel this way at the end of the day? You planned to study for the CMP, but your social media feed won out. Why?

Today you chose…

  • what to wear
  • whether to hit the snooze button
  • what to eat for breakfast
  • which bills to pay
  • what to pack for lunch
  • how to vote
  • what to buy
  • how to spend your leisure time
  • which route to take to 
  • what to believe
  • which route to take to work
  • what to post
  • how to say or write something
  • what work you should concentrate on – you likely did this many times today
  • what your children/significant other will eat, wear, do
  • and so much more!

Unbelievably, it’s estimated that you made 226 decisions today about food alone and that the average adult makes about 35,000 conscious decisions each day. Moreover, each decision carries certain consequences. Subsequently, uou are constantly weighing your options all day. No wonder you’re exhausted!

As a result, even though you planned to study for the CMP after dinner, decision fatigue is why you chose to read your social media feeds instead. In short, your ability to make prioritized and thoughtful decisions is seriously impaired in the evening.

Strategies to Use to Combat Decision Fatigue

Make your big decisions in the morning, like time blocking your day. As a result, you then have a road map for accomplishing the most important things in your life, like studying for the CMP. There are 5 things you can do each week for exam preparation:

  • read
  • notecards
  • take a weekly quiz
  • write questions
  • attend class

These practices seem so simple, but at the end of the day, you find it so hard to make the choice to do them. In the Slight Edge author, Jess Olson, says…

Successful people are those who understand that the little choice they make matter, and because of that they choose to do things that seem to make no difference at all in the act of doing them, and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.

Decisions Compound

Certainly, you know that the financial decisions you make compound in your savings and spending, but compounding applies to  ALL decision you make. Your accumulated choices work together over time that determine your life’s path. 

Decide and Do It!

Consequently, when you decided you want to be a CMP, you made the commitment to do the simple daily steps and reap the benefits for a lifetime!

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    I am the Chief Solutions Officer of Event Solutions Management, but I am not only an indie meeting professional. I am passionate about empowering meeting professionals to live their best life, by realizing their career goals through the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Certification.

     For nearly fifteen years, I have led more than 2000 meeting professionals to earn their certification by concentrating on three areas, content, test taking skills and confidence, students focus on activities that lead to exam success.

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