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Decision fatigue is real!


One of the biggest things Deb has discovered on her renovation journey is how overwhelmed she’s felt throughout the project. Not only by the new information to learn at every stage, but also by the sheer amount of decision-making involved. Being the ‘No. 1 Decider’ on all the details, big and small, takes it’s toll mentally and physically. This is decision fatigue.

Decision fatigue literally drains your energy and depletes your patience, emotional resilience and self-control. This can lead to impulsive and impatient decisions on critical issues that you’ll regret later.

Remember your brain is a muscle that becomes exhausted, just like your muscles tiring after a weights session at the gym. And, like your body, when your brain is tired, it wants to conserve energy. So, when faced with yet another decision, your brain wants to take a mental shortcut and make the easiest decision, rather than putting more energy into careful thought and consideration. Here come the impulse-decisions where you hear yourself saying phrases like, “I don’t care,” ”Can you decide?”, “Tell the builder to decide which one.”

Tips to prevent decision fatigue:

  • Establish a daily routine allocating specific times for decisions with ‘mini-breaks.’
  • Separate stages that require decisions and clarify priorities
  • Limit your options – create a ‘top 3’ for example, and use a process of elimination
  • Write decision downs as you go, don’t just keep them in your head
  • Slow down and take the time, especially in the areas involving the most money and biggest impact
  • Listen to your instincts and try not to second-guess yourself on everything
  • Ask for advice from people whose opinion you respect
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your architect, builder, designer or tradie any questions that may help your decision
  • Eat healthy snacks during the day and don’t overdo the coffee
  • Get enough sleep

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