Decision Fatigue

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“I need to work on work/life balance,” said a coaching client, stretched thin between a big job and family commitments. “I am so overwhelmed.”

“How many decisions do you make every day?” I asked her.

She looked at me blankly, unable to begin to quantify an answer.

“What if we strategize about how to declutter the unimportant decisions you make every day, and see if that helps with the feeling of being overwhelmed,” I suggest.

We started with a story.

I was recently walking downtown with a friend, I told her.

“The crosswalk light started blinking at the intersection ahead of us. My friend started running for the light, and then had to wait for me on the other side of the street.”

I never run for lights. Too many unnecessary, high-risk decisions that make my brain tired. I try to save those decisions for the stuff that matters… (Read the rest of the story at The Seattle Times.)