Decision making is not our strong point.

As people with ADHD, we have lots of experience with making mistakes. So when we have an opportunity to make a decision about something – cake or pie – we tend to give it a lot of thought. We want to make the right decision and we end up overthinking things.

Research has shown that we have a limited supply of cognitive resources like willpower, focus, concentration, and problem solving. Once those sources are depleted (called decision fatigue) – which can happen very quickly – we tend to make bad decisions like:

The thing is, you can be decision fatigued and not know it. It’s not like being physically tired when you are aware that your body needs rest.

Brain Drain_ Learn to Make Fewer Decisions

So what can you do about decision fatigue?

The easy answer is to make fewer decisions. This not only helps you avoid the negative consequences of depleted cognitive resources, but it also simplifies your life. Perfect for us!

I know what you’re thinking. How in the world can I make fewer decisions?

There are a lot of ways. Here are some to get you started:

Start giving some conscious thought to the decisions you make each day and see if you can figure out how to make less of them. And while you’re at it, see if you can begin to tell when you are mentally fatigued. That can be a real help.

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