Procrastination and decision fatigue.

Procrastination.  A light-hearted 90 second read.

Over-thinking is recognised as being one of the sure-fire ways to stress yourself out and, ultimately, make yourself unhappy.  But why do we do it?  And how do you not do it?

Without getting scientific, I believe it’s down to a combination of comfort, and a fear of the unknown.  But maybe there’s more.

We have something like 80000 thoughts a day, and only 2000 of them are new.  And if you think about the amount of decisions we have to make every moment of every day, perhaps we are fatigued.

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For example, you shop for paint.  You want white.  In a typical hardware store in the UK there are something like 20 different shades of white…

The same when you are planning a trip somewhere.  With the amount of freedom on offer, how do you know what is the right choice, and how do you make that decision?

Here’s a few options.

–  Just choose.  Otherwise known as making a hot decision.  Don’t think, just act.

–  Be clear on what you value, weigh up options, recognise the fear, and choose.

–  Build up momentum. Get used to choosing (however small) and being OK with the outcome.  You accustom yourself to taking action, rather than procrastinating.

Simple, but effective.

 

 

 

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