Decision-making in everyday life can be overwhelming. ANGELA HEISE offers some simple tricks to boost your resolve.
You get up in the morning, choose appropriate clothes for the day, decide on what to eat for breakfast, and pick a coffee from the extensive barista menu on the way to work. Then you check your emails, answer the one that demands your attention, and prioritise the tasks on your to-do list. The day continues with appraising and evaluating what to do and what not to do. You literally deal with thousands of choices.
At the end of the day, you are exhausted – not only from having made up to 35,000 decisions, but also from keeping emotions at bay. After all, you can’t show how angry you are about the shifting deadline, how frustrated you are about not having enough time for lunch, or how anxious you are over being late to a meeting because of a phone call.