At the end of the day when you come home from work and are asked, “what do you feel like for dinner?” do you often respond by saying, “I don’t care, you choose”? If so, you are facing decision fatigue.
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Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions after a long session of decision-making. Many of us are forced to make decisions all day long at work, so the last thing we want to do when we come home from work is continue to make more decisions. Many people who save all of their big decisions for the end of the day generally make poor decisions because their brain is on overload and they do not have enough energy to properly assess the situation.
95% of the time, decisions are made automatically by one part of your brain. The neo-cortex part of the brain processes information. The limbic part of the brain processes emotions and makes the majority of your decisions. Knowing this, it is important to learn in what order you naturally go about doing things to maximize your efficiency, reduce stress, and avoid decision fatigue.
By recognizing your natural striving instincts and creating a workday in which you can follow them, you will get a better understanding of how to get the most out of your day. The Kolbe A Index is an assessment that looks at the conative part of your brain, which reveals your natural instincts.
For example, imagine that you are a person that needs a lot of information to make a decision, yet are never given information ahead of time and are forced to make decisions on the spot. You are going to be exhausted because you are always fighting against the grain.
Let me give you another scenario. Imagine you like taking risks and throwing ideas against the wall in order to come to a fast decision, yet are forced to sit in one spot and do endless amounts of paperwork and research before you can share your idea. You would be out of your element and completely exhausted going through those motions over and over again.
Using Kolbe to recognize your natural tendencies and optimize your workflow can be the key to reducing decision fatigue and increasing efficiency.