February 13, 2018
I stumbled across the concept of decision fatigue whilst researching 'productivity' and it is one that really appeals to me. The premise is that in our lives we have so many pieces of information (big and small) that are competing for our attention. The amount of stimuli is infinite but, of course, our ability to attend and process it is limited. This is where stress and overwhelm come into play because simply we are overloaded with choice. There are many great resources around that deal with the tyranny of choice such as this TED talk by psychologist Barry Shwartz.
So, one strategy to eliminate stress and overwhelm is to reduce the number of 'things' you need to make decisions about. There are so many examples of incredibly creative and productive people who have reduced the decisions they need to make in different areas of their lives so they free up space for other activities that are more important to them. For...