Tips for Making Fewer Unneeded Decisions

In the last few days I’ve read two articles and listened to a podcast about decision fatigue. Decision fatigue is based on the idea that there is a finite number of decisions that a person can make during the course of the day. The idea is that in this age of information overload, we are so worn out by the end of the day that we use up our willpower on mundane things and have nothing left for the decisions that really count.

This parallels my own experience with Christmas shopping. I quite liked it when I was a young teenager. I enjoyed choosing thoughtful gifts that fit the recipient’s taste and personality. By the time I was in my late twenties I absolutely hated it. Christmas shopping drove me into a state of panic. Luckily, most members of my family could be accommodated in a bookshop so I pulled through. Then I had children… and when you have children not only do you have to get them gifts but you have to suggest things for other family members to get. So you resort to Amazon…
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