Decision Fatigue

Making many decisions day in and day out can cause Decision Fatigue.

Whether the decisions are as easy as picking a route home from work or what to wear for the day ahead as an entrepreneur you need to be limiting the decisions you have to make.

When you face too many choices it can be exhausting and cause people to feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed.

In this decision fatigue guide, we explain the importance of trying to reduce the number of daily decisions to be a more productive individual.

What is Decision Fatigue?

Decision fatigue is a state of mental overload that can impede our ability to make informed decisions.

After making many decisions, your ability to make more and more decisions over the course of a day becomes worse due to the brain’s fatigue.

The more decisions you have to make, the more fatigue you develop and the more difficult it can become.

When there are too many decisions to be made, we tend to feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed which are all mental states of Decision Fatigue.

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue?

From our research here are ways to prevent or lessen decision fatigue:

  • Sleep is tremendously important for willpower and decision-making
  • Make some choices automatic
  • Empower others to make decisions on your behalf
  • Give your expectations a reality check and reduce the volume of tasks
  • Pace yourself
  • Train staff to lower the number of questions asked
  • Have ready-made meals so food choices are eliminated
  • Have the same outfits so what to wear choices are eliminated


Understanding decision fatigue has been one of my favourite life lessons on why you should limit your number of daily decisions in May 2024.

The article your brain is your bitch helps you to understand why the human brain is limited to the number of daily decisions it can make with a high attention span.

Do not waste your brainpower on people asking you stupid questions.

Staff or friends might moan it only takes you 30 seconds to answer their question but most entrepreneurs get the death by a thousand cuts where it’s not one small question that tips them over the edge, but more a build-up of constant, repetitive decisions wasted.