James Clear is a best-selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur who focuses his work on habits, decision making, and personal growth. He has a bachelor's in Biomechanics from Denison University ad an MBA from Ohio State University. An article written by him provides interesting insight into human willpower and how to avoid making bad decisions.
James shares that “your willpower is like a muscle” and “can get fatigued when you use it over and over again.” During a regular day, people make hundreds of decisions, and every decision we make is like doing one more squat on leg day. Throughout the day, our willpower becomes tired just as our legs would. This is often referred to as decision fatigue.
In a sense, there is a limited number of decisions that your brain can make each day before it becomes tired. This phenomenon explains why people are more likely to make impulse decisions at night. As your energy fades, you have less ability to make good decisions, so we make easy decisions instead.
If you notice yourself experiencing a lack of willpower or decision fatigue there are ways to overcome it. James suggests 5 habits (listed below) and goes into detail with each.
- Plan daily decisions the night before
- Do the most important thing first
- Stop making decisions. Start making commitments
- If you have to make good decisions later in the day, then eat something first.
For more information on decision fatigue and how to make good decisions, refer to the full article here. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want help getting started on your goals.
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Your Financially Fit Team