How to reduce decision fatigue in your life

Donal Hutchinson
4 min readJan 13, 2021

You come home after a long day at work and instead of making yourself the healthy dinner, you wanted to make when you woke up this morning, you order takeout. Why is this?

Decision fatigue. It’s one of the things stopping us from doing what we really feel will improve our lives and make us more productive. So we need to know three things. What is it? What are some basic examples and causes? Lastly, how can it be managed and controlled?

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What is it?

Decision fatigue is based around that the more a person gets stressed and tired, their ability to make decisions gets worse.

The idea surrounding decision fatigue is that a human’s capacity to make choices can deteriorate in the wake of making numerous choices, as their mind will be more exhausted.

These decisions cause us mere mortals to be worn down over the course of a day from continuous decision-making. The emotional and mental strain caused by these choices is generally gone unnoticed until it's too late. By the time you’ve noticed this, you’ll have very little resistance in taking any other path that isn’t the shortest and easiest one.



Donal Hutchinson

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