Decision Fatigue happens when we make too many choices, for long periods of time in maximum focus and concentration, it can also be called of Brain Drain. Decision fatigue may seem odd, if you pass eight hours, sited in a chair. You may not feel physically tired, but you are low on mental energy and that makes you feel tired all the time.
“According to multiple sources on the Internet, the average amount of remotely conscious decisions an adult makes each day equals about 35,000.”
Here are some signs you might be suffering from decision fatigue or brain drain:
- Mental exhaustion.
- Irritation or drowsiness when thinking about what you have to do.
- Putting off certain tasks because they are "too hard to think about."
- Snipping at others who are not moving fast enough.
- Feeling as if the harder you work, the farther behind you get.
- Feeling depressed, stressed out, or as if you can't keep up mentally with your task list.
- Feeling of being tired all the time.
Actually, mental training and recover is much more difficult than physical training and recovering. In physical recovering its important to rest, but in mental recovering, getting your mind to relax and recover it’s extremely challenging. Learning how to take time off and allow yourself to recover is important, and requires training.
“You don't expect your body to work 24 hours a day, so why to expect that from your mind?”
Some tips to help you train recovering from decision fatigue or brain drain:
Relax your mind: tell it what to think. Don't tell yourself what you shouldn't be thinking about ("I need to work on my report"); be positive and proactive.
Use a cue when you find yourself thinking about your performance on recovery days. It reminds you to relax and recharge. Find the type of cue that works best for you. Make sure it is personal and meaningful. Just be sure that you actually relax and recharge your mind!
Attention to the burdens that you are mentally carrying that keep you from being present at the moment to your family, to your friends, to yourself? The shift is as simple as remembering that you have a choice where you place your attention. It’s always an option to take a deep breath and look at the trees instead of the worries inside your head.
Sleep on it. Whether a short daytime nap or letting your thoughts simmer in your sleep overnight, if you review the collected facts before heading to dreamland and ask yourself the pertinent questions, your subconscious will work on the decision as you sleep.
(Once again) short breaks between your work is necessary for you to work at a high level. Rest is important for creative thinking and problem-solving. By giving your brain a break, you allow it to make improved neural connections and ultimately better decisions. So stop working for long periods of time at maximum capacity and let Performetric software help you identifying when its time to take a break and give your brain some time to incubate.
Establish daily routines that minimize decision making. Here’s a reason why some of the greatest leaders wear the same outfits on a daily basis. This isn’t a coincidence. Instead, developing this routine for menial tasks (like getting dressed) conserves their brain space and energy for larger decisions.
Remember that decision fatigue or brain drain may be why you buy junk food when shopping hungry or make impulsive purchases before sleep. Furthermore, don’t let the feeling of being tired all the time be an excuse to don't do some exercise. Believe it or not, exercise actually boosts your energy levels and helps you to “empty” your brain. If you are too tired after work, try going before work. Just make sure you have an exercise plan or that you take some classes to avoid more decisions on trying to think of what exercises to do every time you go to the gym.