Combat Decision Fatigue

So much goes into one small decision- our brain processes the issue, flips through all the potential options, then the outcomes, then choose one of the options, and puts your body in motion to create action. Whew! We make countless decisions each day- small and large- no wonder we find ourselves drained and sapped of motivation.


Have you ever put a goal on hold because of a particular life situation? Are you waiting until life calms down? When work isn’t as stressful? When the kids are a little older? Is one thing after another “forcing” you to put something you want on the back burner?

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Reducing decision fatigue can help you stay motivated and have the willpower to continue toward your goals.


Here are five things you can do to reduce decision fatigue:

  1. Put out what you plan to wear the next morning the night before. Pare down your closet to the essentials- items you love that make you feel great. If you don’t or haven’t worn it, it is time to donate. Reducing decisions in the morning help preserve your energy for the day ahead.
  2. Make a meal menu for the week. Stop planning on the go. When you approach each meal with endless options, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Compound that with having to choose dinner after a long day at the office PLUS screaming kids, and you increase your odds of diving head first into a tub of ice cream.
  3. Organize your space. Having the ability to put things back where they belong in your home will remove the decision-making process of deciding where to stick things that don’t seem to have a place.
  4. If you feel like you are at the end of your rope, take a time out to meditate, utilize deep breathing, or make a warm calorie- free drink. Leaning on stress reduction techniques that do not include food will keep you on track and help you cultivate a great habit.
  5. Limit the foods you have in your home. Keep selections to a minimum. When you grocery shop, decide ahead of time what new food you will select for the coming week instead of buying multiple items in each category. Leave the junk food off the list. If you want ice cream, go to the parlor to get a small serving. When you eat it there, one serving stays to one serving without the constant mental struggle of knowing the rest of the tub is in the freezer 5 feet away.


Remember, no need to make things harder on yourself! These steps will help you transition into your new healthy lifestyle with ease. A little planning goes a long way!