Decision fatigue

Today, I experienced decision fatigue.

I have a decision theory which states that ones quality of decisions continues to improve as the number of decisions required increases, until just before you experience decision fatigue, and then ones quality of decisions takes a nose dive.

You can tell when you are about to reach decision fatigue by your unwillingness to ask probing questions to gain more insight for decision making. You just jump straight to “okay” or “let’s review tomorrow” answers.

When you hit decision fatigue, it is best to just unplug for the day, if you can.

Or stick to the “let’s review tomorrow”, which is usually better than an “okay” you will regret. I say “usually better” because delayed decisions are sometimes more costly than wrong decisions.

Which is why I continually work on building agile self-governing teams that consistently exceeds business expectations.

Agile self-governing teams significantly reduce the number of decisions you have to make.

I am thankful for the ability to notice when a fatigue is imminent, and unplug before I lose the day.

2 thoughts on “Decision fatigue

  1. God’s grace. It isn’t easy being a leader. More-so, one saddled with a lot of responsibilities. Sometimes, you just step back and take a deep breath. But then, it is also okay to show your vulnerability. This quality connects humans/teams to one another. Theory may not work all the time, you may decide to make some decisions based on your instincts. Whether it turns out good or bad, embrace these experiences. it is part of the process. Good success.

  2. God’s grace. It isn’t easy being a leader. More-so, one saddled with a lot of responsibilities. Sometimes, you just step back and take a deep breath. But then, it is also okay to show your vulnerability. This quality connects humans/teams to one another.
    Theory may not work all the time, you may decide to make some decisions based on your instincts. Whether it turns out good or bad, embrace these experiences. it is part of the process. Good success.

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