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Tiny Leaps, Big Changes

Gregg Clunis

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In this episode, we talk about decision fatigue.


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What is Decision Fatigue?


"As it turns out, your willpower is like a muscle. And similar to the muscles in your body, willpower can get fatigued when you use it over and over again. Every time you make a decision, it’s like doing another rep in the gym. And similar to how your muscles get tired at the end of a workout, the strength of your willpower fades as you make more decisions." - James Clear



  • Everyone has a reserve of mental energy, and each decision draws on it

  • The more decisions you make, the less mental energy you have


Two Ways to Avoid It:



  • Proactive: Optimizing your day to day routine to reduce unnecessary decisions (the president)

    Choose your outfit the night before

    Set out clothes for workouts

    Meal prep


  • Reactive: Giving yourself space to reset and improve decision making (taking a break)

    • Do something fun

    • Take a break

    • Stop for the day




Key Takeaways:


1. Plan to make decisions early in the day


2. Make small decisions ( like what to wear) ahead of time


3. Avoid impulse decisions


Resources:


https://jamesclear.com/willpower-decision-fatigue


https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2019/05/13/how-to-identify-when-youre-experiencing-decision-fatigue/#1dfea0267fb4



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