Decision fatigue is a real condition that many entrepreneurs face…but are unaware they even have! If you’ve ver have trouble deciding what to make for dinner after a long day, or what step to take next, or even what part of your to-do list you want to tackle, chances are you have experienced decision fatigue.
You make thousands of decisions every day, and every single decision uses up a portion of your mental energy. Believe it or not, making too many decisions can leave you feeling drained, anxious, and overwhelmed. Just as you can’t pour from an empty cup, you can’t make decisions when you are mentally exhausted.
Our team wants to ensure that you avoid decision fatigue so that you can make better decisions for you AND your business! Follow these 5 steps to keep your mental health sound.
When Dealing with Decision Fatigue…Develop a Routine!
Having a strong routine reduces the amount of daily decisions you need to make. Wake up at the same time, eat the same thing for breakfast, create a meal plan. You could even wear the same thing every day. Do what you can to automate the less important choices and conserve your mental energy for more significant decisions.
Be More Minimalistic
We don’t need all the choices we are given. If there are choices using up our mental energy that are not contributing to our vision, mission, or values, consider walking away from these choices. There’s literally no need to focus on anything that doesn’t further your end goals.
Take a Break
Avoid making a lot of big decisions one after the other without allowing yourself some recovery time. Be sure to schedule breaks during the day to replenish your mental energy, allowing you to make more thoughtful decisions.
You know your people, and who is able to handle each task without needing your consistent involvement. Trust your team to take care of their tasks, and maintain space in your brain for the critical decisions related to your business.
Make Important Decisions in the Morning
You have the most mental energy right after you wake up, before the choices of the day wear you down. Reserve the morning for making your most important decisions. If something comes up at the end of the day, and you are feeling overwhelmed, hold off on making a decision until the morning.
Being a small business owner is challenging, which is why it’s so important to make yourself aware of your thoughts, feelings and emotions, and rid yourself of the things that are taking up too much of your time. When you focus on what matters, you’ll notice that there is a significant amount of stress taken off your shoulders.
If you’re looking for ways to get more organized when it comes to your business, check out our list of FREE resources that will save you time, money and stress!