Act 284

Decide to not make any decisions

Decision fatigue is an actual thing.  A pretty important thing. Sometimes, for the betterment of all involved, you have to decide, that for a very short period, an evening, a day, a weekend, you will make no decisions. Or no major ones. As human beings, there are, technically, only so many decisions we can make in a day that are viable and reasonable (which is why I wonder why doctors and cops work such long shifts).

High level leaders have many decisions made for them. Obama, for example. He is told what he will eat for breakfast and what colour suit he will wear, reportedly, and I believe it. This way, he can keep his decision making skills for important things such as how the government shut down will be resolved.

But on a lower level, like ordinary decisions, if you find yourself torn when your child asks for a peanut butter sandwich and on the one hand you think yes, I need to feed him but no, he can make it himself and you’re tired of feeling like a waiter, then chances are you have hit the decision fatigue wall.

So recognize what is, is. And shut down the decision making until such time as you’re ready to try again. But make sure, the peanut butter sandwich gets made and defer it to someone else if need be. Because eating is, after all, an important decision.

So I’ve decided to make as few decisions as possible this long weekend. My brain is tired and could do with a few decision free days.