I saw this blog (about another article) online the other day and while I was reading it I had one of those "a-ha!" moments. You know, where everything just clicks and you know it all makes sense. I am the worst of the worst decision makers and now I don't feel quite so badly about that. Now it all makes more sense and I can see exactly what this gentleman, John Tierney, is saying.
Here is an excerpt from the blog. Follow the links below if you'd like to learn more. Fascinating research if you ask me and just too good not to share.
“Good decision making is not a trait of the person, in the sense that it’s always there,” Baumeister says. “It’s a state that fluctuates.” His studies show that people with the best self-control are the ones who structure their lives so as to conserve willpower. They don’t schedule endless back-to-back meetings. They avoid temptations like all-you-can-eat buffets, and they establish habits that eliminate the mental effort of making choices. Instead of deciding every morning whether or not to force themselves to exercise, they set up regular appointments to work out with a friend. Instead of counting on willpower to remain robust all day, they conserve it so that it’s available for emergencies and important decisions.
Decision fatigue and workout planning
NY Times Article