Do you suffer from decision fatigue? Here are ways to combat it…
Episode #31: Do you suffer from decision fatigue?
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Do you suffer from decision fatigue? Here’s Help
The other day, a friend and I “jinxed” each other by saying, “I DON’T want to make another decision!!” at the same time.
Have you ever said that??
I say it all the time to my husband: I just don’t want to make another decision when he asks, “what’s for dinner, breakfast, or lunch”, or “what do we have to eat, or where do we want to eat?” I just can’t make another decision or even think straight.
Did you know that’s called decision fatigue? Yes, that’s a real thing.
We Make Thousands of Decisions Every Day
Researchers at Cornell University estimate we make about 226 decisions each day on food alone.
And as your level of responsibility increases, so does the multitude of choices you have to make.
It’s estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions each day (whether you realize it or not). Each decision, of course, carries certain consequences with it that are both good and bad.
What you will learn in this podcast:
• What is decision fatigue exactly?
• How can you overcome or beat decision fatigue?
• One of the best strategies successful people use to work around their decision fatigue
• A few things that worked for me in my personal life and with my kiddo.
• Recap and best practices for combatting decision fatigue
Simplify the choices you need to make through the day by turning small decisions into routines.
What is decision fatigue exactly?
[2:17] As a person makes decisions throughout the day, the brain depletes its limited amount of mental stamina, and starts employing one of two shortcuts.
How can you overcome or beat decision fatigue?
One of the best strategies successful people use to work around their decision fatigue
[3:34] Listen to what Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg did
[4:07] President Barack Obama had this to say…
A few things that worked for me in my personal life and with my kiddo.
[4:45] What works for my morning routine
[5:37] My earring hack
[6:57] My make-up hack
[7:38] Helping Kailee get dressed in the morning
[8:11] Decision about fitting therapy into our daily routine
Recap and Best practices for combatting decision fatigue
[9:07-10:51] Ways to help you decrease decision fatigue
Curious minds and decision fatigue brains what to know?
QUESTION: Decision Fatigue can anyone help me with these two questions. If not can you recommend a professional, we could ask?
Can being constantly bombarded by questions or a child that perseverates cause fatigue or decision fatigue brain? If so, any suggestions or quick tips to help?
Answers by a few Professionals:
ADRIENE FERN MSE,ESE, CPM
Director Of Family Services at PALM BEACH SCHOOL FOR AUTISM INC
I agree there is decision fatigue. A helpful strategy lean on a partner, family member or friend to assist in making decisions. The burden of having to make decisions solely is a major contributing factor to brain/decision fatigue.
AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018. Woman of the Year 2019. Children with a disability specialist. White Ribbon Advocate
Absolutely – it’s exhausting and sooooo much easier to just give in or get frustrated (which doesn’t help anyone)
I try asking my daughter to ‘show me’ what she’s trying to say or use Pec images to demonstrate what is happening.
It’s generally worse if she’s feeling anxious so I try to calm and reassure her and give her emergency bush flower essences too.
Writer & Mentor – Self Development
Absolutely! IT’s called anxiety. So many decisions to make regarding health, school, and making the “right” one can leave parents losing sleep and immune system crashing. Caregivers need to remember to give care to themselves through exercise, eating right, journaling, talking things out, not burying your emotions.
Meme Hieneman, Ph.D., BCBA
Positive Behavior Support Applications
I don’t know who else to refer you to, so I will do my best to respond from a behavior analytics perspective. When we are barraged with the same stimuli for long periods of time, we get desensitized to it. It is much like people who work in noisy environments; they no longer hear the noise. We are also motivated to make aversive stimuli (i.e., repeated questioning) stop. That is why we will give in to nagging or give pat answers. The goal is simply to get the behavior to stop, even if just for the time being. The problem is that responding often reinforces the child’s behavior, setting up vicious cycle. If you try to ignore for a while and then finally give in, you have just reinforced an even higher level of the behavior. A child learns that, if they persist long enough, they will get the reaction they are seeking.
It is important to understand the function of perseverative talk. Is it for attention? Is it self-stimulatory? Does getting a response relieve discomfort (e.g., anxiety)? Knowing the purpose helps us plan our response. If attention, we should respond to reasonable and varied conversation, structure opportunities for positive attention, and ignore repetitive talk. If it is to relieve anxiety, visuals that provide the answers might help. If it is self-stimulatory, our responses won’t make a difference because the behavior is rewarding in and of itself.
Those are my behavioral interpretations 🙂