Did you know that the average person makes over 35,000 decisions a day? A day! Sound unbelievable? I thought so, too. But the more I mulled it over, the more I realized how much the decisions we’re faced with really start to add up.
Sometimes we’re consciously making tough decisions about how to manage our finances, deal with a health crisis or resolve a challenge at work. And then there are the less obvious decisions—what kind of tea to make, if we should take the dog out before or after breakfast, which words to use in an email… The list goes on!
Here’s the thing: Each time our brains go through the decision-making process, they’re performing what’s called an “executive function.” And our capacity for executive functioning does have a limit. Yes, even our beautiful brains need a rest sometimes! If you’ve ever struggled to choose a restaurant for dinner at the end of a long day, you know exactly what I’m talking about. There’s even a term for it—decision fatigue!
So, this all got me thinking. Many of us (myself included!) can have trouble making decisions. Maybe it’s because we’ve been faced with too many on a given day, or maybe it’s because certain decisions are just plain difficult—either way, we’ve gotta make ‘em! And that can be super stressful. But ya know what’s stressful, too? Procrastination! Putting off decisions, no matter how hard they are, can make matters worse.
My 2-Step Decision-Making Process
I want to share something that’s helped me simplify my own decision-making process. When I’m working through a particularly tough decision or I just can’t seem to make up my mind, I ask myself two questions:
1. Will this tire or inspire me? In other words, will the outcome I’m considering drain me or fill me up? It’s OK to be picky sometimes! We’ve got a limited amount of energy, so we should dedicate it to the things that truly matter to us.
2. What does my body have to say about it? Call it instinct, call it a gut feeling—our bodies can usually feel the right decision long before our brains get on board. All we have to do is listen!
I want to give you the scoop on these questions, how you can use them to simplify your decision-making process and what to look out for when you answer them yourself. I’m covering that and more in my latest video—press play below to watch!