Decision Fatigue in 2020

This last couple of weeks I finally took some time off of work to try and reset. I’m not always the greatest at taking time off. I take an extra day or two combined with the weekend for a mini-vacation around the Holidays to see family and it’s often the minimum time needed. This year with everything going on really had to force my self to step back and try to reset with a staycation.

It’s all too easy now days to get overwhelmed and stressed out. A couple of key contributors now days:

Decision Fatigue

There are many articles written about this topic that do a much better job than I could to describe this. A couple that a quick DuckDuckGo uncovered:

But in short.. if you are constantly having to make decision after decision. There is a point when it just gets mentally taxing to have to keep making decisions.

I personally loop into this what I guess you would call Context Switching Fatigue. It boils down to some of the same things. But basically if you are constantly having to switch between tasks it can also lead to fatigue.

World Circumstances

It’s super easy to look at everything happening in the world and worry about things you can’t control.

Resetting and Handling

Reducing decision fatigue doesn’t have a silver bullet. But one way I’m handling it on my staycation is taking it easy and making as little decisions as possible. Spent the first week blasting through my honey-do-list and generally cleaning. Then just taking it easy, avoiding news and social media(except Hurricane Laura updates).

But long term my approach:

Don’t be afraid to take time off to reset! It’s hard to take time off. But it’s important to take care of your self!