Making an Important Decision? Do It in the Morning

We are faced with decisions from the moment we wake up to the time we fall asleep. However, not all decisions are equal in weight– some are routine, like deciding the route to get to work the fastest, while some have a bigger impact, like deciding whether to purchase a certain property or to invest in a startup.

One of the factors we need to combat in making decisions is called “decision fatigue”— it’s when people tend to make worse

decisions as the day progresses, or after they’ve made a lot of other decisions.

As explained by

“The Times reports that experiments have demonstrated a “finite store of mental energy for exerting self-control.” Each decision you make and the more choices you make throughout the day, the harder it gets for your brain to continue to make decisions. The result is that towards the end of the day when you’re low on mental energy, you’re more likely to either give in to impulses or avoid making decisions altogether. The worst part is that, often, none of us are aware of how mentally tired we are just from all the little or big choices we make throughout the day.

Our brains, like other parts of our body, perform best after rest. After we sleep, nap or even meditate, we are able to better concentrate, learn, and memorize information. But that doesn’t mean our brains only benefit us when we are awake. Scientists have found that our brain continues to work even when we are asleep– analyzing information we took in during the day. Who knew the saying “Sleep on it”  before making a decision turns out to have a factual basis!

We can’t help but make decisions throughout the day, best to schedule the more important ones for the morning. This hopefully will give us the best chance of making the right one.


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