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:
- 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.
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!