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Have you heard about decision fatigue? Maybe these questions will help you understand what I am asking.
What are your goals for 2019?
Mom what’s for dinner?
Are you going to wake up before the kids and drink your coffee?
What are you going to wear today?
Are you understanding what decision fatigue is? The time you notice that you cannot make One. More. Decision. Is decision fatigue.
You might have experienced it over the holiday or perhaps
Tips to prevent decision fatigue
Make a plan
I know you have heard it before and it might not be too revolutionary but the best thing you can do is have a plan. The only way you can keep for putting out fires all day is to prepare for the fires ahead of time. Consider this plan your escape route.
- If you are fatigued by the question, “Mom what is for dinner?” then you really need to make a meal plan. There are a ton of meal planning helps out there for every kind of diet. But you do have to pick on, try it for a week, and switch if it didn’t work out. I have one here that you might like for all things healthy.
- Use a
chalk boardor white board near the kitchen where you can post the plan and all you have to do is point. No speaking required.
- Pick out your clothes the night before or even the day before when you are inspired. Not at dusk when you would end up wearing yesterdays yoga pants again.
- Make this plan short and manageable. Do not make meal plans for the month or clothes choices for the decade if you are new to this idea. Keep the planning to a week and at least your food won’t spoil.
Ah one word that could strike fear into a grown man.
Boundaries are to keep you sane not necessarily anyone else. For example.
- You have over-committed yourself right into crazy town. A boundary that would be necessary for you are using the word NO.
NoI cannot bring a dozen cupcakes to class tomorrow. NoI will not be at the optional meeting. NoI will not take calls after 8 pm.
- Here is one you can use, “if you want me to answer that right now the answer is no, but if you can wait I will think/pray about it.”
Decision fatigue is a real problem for us moms. Sometimes we can’t have an answer for everyone and that is ok too. Most people will not abandon you if you need to set up a plan which may include boundaries. Remember this is for you and your family will only benefit from a mom/wife who can keep her cool about her when another question gets asked.
Praying should go on the top but I know we all want something tangible.
Your decisions matter to God and it matters what you do with them. Some decisions are not healthy and do not support your mission statement (I’ve written about that here).
How do you know if a decision is unhealthy and causing fatigue during prayer? I believe God’s word is able to answer that question for you. Your job is to read the bible and allow God to speak.
We will all have decision fatigue at some point in our week, month or year, but having a plan before it happens can make all the difference.
I’d love to hear some of your go-to plans that keep you away from decision fatigue.