Chris Lakin

Decision Fatigue

I have one kind of sock.

The more trivial things we think about, the less time we have to think about the few things that matter.

‘Decision fatigue’ exists.

For this reason, during periods of productivity in my life I try to reduce ambiguity and complexity.

Because often the most annoying aspect of executing an action is deciding the trivial choices it involves. (“What should I do next?” “When should I do this?” “How should this be done?”) But often a permanent solution works almost as well.

And for decisions that don’t have one constant optimal answer, make yourself a flowchart (a decision tree) to simplify the decision instead. Bam, no more ambiguity.

There are places in life for variety of course, but I’d rather have most things be simple, habitually effortless, and as close to decision-less as possible. This is for those things. After all, we can only think about so many things; the more trivial things we think about, the less important and effective our average thoughts are.

After practicing this for several months, I’ve found that there’s something wonderful about having this kind of order in my life. And I can focus more on the few things that matter.


I made a list of questions I use to help reduce the decisions I need to make everyday, and hopefully it can help you too.



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Posted 2021 January 24, last updated 2021 February 20.