Chris Lakin

Decision Fatigue

To have more options is not necessarily better! ‘Decision fatigue’ exists.

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

To have more options is not necessarily better!

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 steady solution works almost as well.

And for decisions that don’t have a single steady, optimal solution, make yourself a flowchart (a decision tree) to simplify the decision-making process. No more ambiguity.

There are aspects in life that need variety of course, but I’d rather have most aspects be simple, habitually effortless, and require as little decision-making as possible. This is for those parts of life.

After all, we can only think about so many problems; the more trivial issues we think about, the less time and space we have to think about the issues that matter.

Complexity is a resource— be economical.

After life like this for several months, I’ve found that having simplicity in most areas is wonderful. Now I can focus more on the few areas that matter.

Drawing © Ariana Dyer.

Checklist

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 April 10.