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Decision Fatigue: The Silent Enemy of Prosperity — Photo by Geralt

How Decision Fatigue Is Silently Killing Your Productivity And What You Can Do About It.

Willpower is not about resisting, forcing, or controlling — it’s about choosing. — Penney Peirce

What is Decision Fatigue

Fatigued Muscle is Analogous to a Fatigued Brain — picture by Stephen Wood

The Hefty Costs Of Decision Fatigue

There are too many people, and too few human beings. — Robert Zend

How to Prevail Decision Fatigue and Increase Willpower

1. Routines: Automate the Garbage Decisions

Extraordinary Achievers Eliminate Daily Unimportant Decision Making

You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make. — Barack Obama

2. Circumvent Decision-Fatigue by Committing

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort — Paul J. Meyer

My Bullet Journal — Blurred Due to Privacy

3. Prioritize Your Commitments and Remove Micro-Decisions

“If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.” — Jim Collins

4. Bypass Decision-Fatigue by Precommiting

I have taken a solemn, enduring oath, an oath to be kept while the least hope of life remains in me, not to be tempted to break the resolution I have formed, no living man, or men, shall stop me, only death can prevent me, But death — not even this; I shall not die, I will not die, I cannot die! — Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer

Precommit to Stay Immune to Temptations

5. Eat Your Way Out of Decision Fatigue

Never trust a glucose-deprived brain for anything important.

6. Leverage Your Environment Against Decision Fatigue

A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings. — James Allen

7. Remove the Required Micro-Actions to Ensure the Real Action

  1. Grabbing you Guitar case
  2. Opening it up
  3. Pulling out the Guitar
  4. Putting away the case
  5. Setting up to note sheets
  6. Holding the Guitar
  7. Starting to play

Final Words

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Amir Afianian

Productivity is My Passion | Programmer | I Read Obsessively, Experiment Like a Maniac, And Write What Actually Works in Here.