1. Decision Fatigue is when you run out of the mental energy required to make decisions that are important for moving you towards your dreams.
2. You can avoid the negative effect of Decision Fatigue by developing good habits in the areas we've already discussed: sleeping soundly, eating smarter, and moving more.
3. By making these daily habits, you will be able to make decisions that help you towards your dreams, without expending a lot of mental energy after a tough day at work or after a fight with your spouse.
Knowing how to avoid the pitfalls of mental and emotional life can be as important as knowing how to get into good habits and techniques. And that’s exactly the case with a phenomenon called Decision Fatigue, which occurs when you run out of the mental energy required to make decisions that will get you to your dream.
Every one of us has a limited amount of mental energy. As we make our way through a day of hard choices, we start to run down because our energy decreases every time we have to make a decision: “Am I going to sit down and get this project done?” “Am I going to the gym?” “Am I going to eat that treat?” Choices take energy.
Decision Fatigue is a problem because when you have burned through your mental toughness for the day, your habits take over and you become a slave to whatever you do normally. If your habits aren’t ideal, your food, sleep and exercise can derail in a hurry and take your ability to think clearly with them.
You can avoid the negative effect of Decision Fatigue by managing your energy levels and taking the thinking out of your basic routines.
1. Sleep Soundly
Avoid ending your day crashed on the couch watching TV to “relax.” The flashing lights from your TV activate your brain and make it hard to fall asleep. And poor sleep quality leads to less mental energy. Make a sleep plan. Get some books on the nightstand. Make sure you're hydrating well during and after a flight, and time your light exposure to help beat jet lag. Have a pre-sleep routine that supports your success.
2. Eat Smarter
Plan your food. Typically, people reach for poor food choices when they are tired or busy. Just look at the lineups at Tim’s or Starbucks in the late afternoon! When you're on a two or three-day pairing, try and pack some healthy snacks that you can bring with you on the plane. For some great snack and meal ideas, check out the Eat Smarter module.
3. Move More
Plan to work out when there is very little possibility of something else getting in the way. Maybe it's to go to the gym as soon as you arrive at a hotel. Or maybe it's to go for a walk in the morning to wake yourself up. After a while, you’ll find that heading out to exercise is easier and easier because you have developed the habit.
World-class performers know that the “mental game” is everything. They build routines and follow them religiously to protect against decision fatigue. Workouts are scheduled, nutrition is planned, and sleep is a priority. As a result, they Think Clearly despite the exhaustion that comes with training full time, managing a high-pressure job, or juggling family commitments.
Today's POWER-UP: Plan ahead to avoid decision fatigue
The key to avoiding decision fatigue is to have a plan in place for when you will be at risk for doing things that go against your dreams, goals, and objectives. Answer these questions and you're well on your way to success.
1. What is it that you are looking to accomplish?
2. Where do you have difficulties in staying consistent with your objectives?
3. What can you do - ahead of time - to avoid problems that crop up?
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