Even if you aren’t a morning person, staying sharp throughout the workday can be difficult if you’ve had little sleep. But did you know, your brain can also become tired from making too many decisions? Decision fatigue happens when you lose energy and focus because of the mental drain from making decisions.
We make anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 decisions each day, from deciding what to eat (or not eat) to deciding whether we can make it through that stoplight. You can imagine that even more important decisions that involve relationships or higher risks can cause us much more stress. Decision fatigue can also lead to poorer decisions and lower productivity. At work, you may make careless mistakes causing you more effort later.
Luckily, there are some ways to combat decision fatigue by training your brain and organizing aspects of your life to take some of the work out of making decisions. Mint created this infographic that includes 8 tips to avoid decision fatigue so you can be more productive and stress-free. From altering your diet to planning your schedule, you can make small changes to simplify your day.