Decision Fatigue: Here’s How To Outsmart This Productivity Killer (TPS318)

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How often do you find yourself saying “I can’t deal with this right now… I’ll figure it out later” or you just avoid decisions altogether?

For busy professionals, it’s extremely common, and the culprit is usually decision fatigue — the more decisions you make in a short period of time, the poorer quality your decisions become and the less willing you are to make them. We’ve all been there.

In this episode, we’re going to cover 3 strategies you can use to cut off decision fatigue and tools you can use to keep your focus on the important decisions that really do need your attention.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:55]
  • Why this episode will help everyone, from people new to productivity to seasoned veterans [5:04]
  • What decision fatigue is and why it can be so detrimental to our productivity [10:45]
  • Why decisions cause us to use up so much energy and how Steve Jobs famously handled it [14:41]
  • The number one way to combat decision fatigue [26:21]
  • How to look ahead to the next day and perceive any potential big decisions [29:40]
  • Why you need to work on the most important thing first every day [34:13]
  • What to do if you feel like you have to be always on [38:44]
  • The power of your community and how you can leverage it into less decision fatigue [41:55]
  • How having a solid definition of done is key in good delegation [47:49]
  • How to replace your regular decisions with routines [50:00]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [52:34]

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