Right or Left: How Modern Life Leads to Decision Fatigue

Have you ever been so tired that you couldn’t think straight or make good decisions? Of course you have. We all have. That’s called “decision fatigue,” and it affects each and every one of us almost every day. Here’s how to fight against it so that it doesn’t ruin your life.

When It Happens

Decision fatigue is a phenomenon that happens when you’re very tired and you try to make decisions about semi-important or very important things. Usually, it’s the result of having made a lot of decisions throughout the day and being burdened with a critical decision when your body and mind are exhausted.


For example, if you’ve had an especially long day at work, and you’ve already made a lot of decisions regarding payroll, shipping, or anything else, you can’t be expected to make critical decisions like buying a car or finalizing a home loan.

That’s because you’ve sapped your decision-making strength throughout the day. Of course, smaller decisions are usually no problem for you – like paying the bills. That’s because these aren’t “mission-critical.” They’re ordinary and repetitive tasks that just need to be done. In a sense, the decision is already make. You just have to carry about the task. New decisions, however, pose a problem.

Types Of Bad Decisions

There are all sorts of bad decisions out there, waiting to be made. For example, you’re coming home from work, and you stop at a red light. All of the sudden, the vehicle behind you starts approaching at a pace that’s too fast – he can’t stop. You’re hit. Are you injured? You’re not sure, but you have to collect the other driver’s information and call the police.

Experienced Vancouver car accident lawyers, like Watson Goepel, deal with this kind of situation all the time. One of the biggest mistakes people make is they don’t contact a lawyer, a hospital, the police, or their insurance company, soon enough. The first thing people usually do when they’re in an accident is they end up calling a family member or a friend.

What they should do is immediately call either their insurance company or the local police. If they are injured, they should call emergency services for immediate medical care.

Why do people call family and friends? Because they trust them – they believe they need to be contacted to let them know. Yet, this is the wrong decision, and it could be life-threatening. If you’ve been in an automobile accident, you could have a concussion or contusion and not realize it – meaning you have mere hours to get yourself checked out. The risk of not doing so could be serious, including a hematoma (brain bleed) or even death.

How To Avoid Decision Fatigue

The best way to avoid decision fatigue is to rest. Like a fatigued muscle, your brain needs time to relax. If you’re constantly flexing it all the time, you’re never “fresh” and you can never make the best possible decisions.

If you’re in an emergency situation, have a plan already mapped out for what you will do. Store important emergency numbers in your phone. Make a checklist of what you must do. Create a systematic approach, similar to how you pay your bills every month so that it’s automatic. When it happens, you simply react.

For other non-emergency decisions, try to make them early in the day, before you’re fatigued from the day. And, at night, get to bed earlier and get a good night’s sleep so that you’re ready to start fresh the next day.

Lynn Bronson is a life coach of several years. When she’s not coaching someone, she likes to sit down and share what she has learned about living life right. Look for her informative articles on a variety of websites and blogs.

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