One Thing That's Draining Your Energy (and what to do about it!)

Ep 22 - Energy Drain

In today's audio postcard I share one secret to having more energy. 

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I’m not that great at building suspense – and I get impatient when other people do. So I’m just going to spit it out. One secret to having more energy is to make less decisions.

Now, you might be thinking, “How do I have any control over how many decisions I’m making? They just come at me all day long!” And you’re right, we make tons of decisions every day.

And if you’re like many of the people I talk to, you’re probably making more decisions than most.

The thing about decisions is, making them is exhausting. You use up a lot of energy with all of the hundreds of decisions you make in a day.

Have you ever had a day that’s been crazy busy and you get home and your partner ask you what you want to eat for dinner. Or your kids ask you to settle an argument. And you just want to pull your hair out?!

It’s not just because you’d had a long day. Or because you’re bad at adulting  - adulting is hard! It’s because you’ve been making decisions all damn day long and you don’t have it in you to make even one more. The decision-making part of your brain has clocked out – and for good reason!

Here’s the deal, decision fatigue – yes, there is a name for it – is a real thing. Your brain actually has a limit when it comes to making decisions. And as it gets closer to that limit, it gets harder and harder to make those decisions, and have a clear head to do it well.

You’re brain gets tired – fatigued – from doing all the hard work to make choices all day long. And I’m not just talking about the big decisions.

The real culprit is all the small choices and decisions you make every day. Starting in the morning with what you’re going to wear that day. To the evening with the classic (and the one I personally dread the most) what-do-you-want-for-dinner decision.

As you make each tiny choice throughout the day it may not seem like a big deal. But making choices all day long can be a big brain drain.

So, what can you do so that you can make less decisions each day and save some of that energy for yourself?

1. Front load your daily decisions.

Take some time the night before to choose what you’ll wear tomorrow, what you’ll bring for lunch and what errands need to be done.

2. Stop making choices and start creating habits.

Ever notice that when you have to make the decision to go to the gym each day, that it doesn’t always happen? Even if you want it to.

Instead make a habit out of going to the gym. Make it something you do, not something you decide. After all, you don’t decide to brush your teeth every day, you just do it.

3. Keep it simple.

Are there decisions you can simply eliminate? A famous example is how Einstein wore the same outfit every day. How can you channel Einstein and simplify some of your decisions?

4. Make important decisions early in the day.

You’ll have more energy and be able to make big important decisions with a clear head early in the day, before all your decision-making power has been zapped.

If you must make a big decision later in the day, make sure you take a break, or a nap, or have a snack beforehand. It’ll give you a boost and help you make a more sound choice.