Decision fatigue  is a new term I learned today, and it’s a problem that I’ve unknowingly had. There are way too many options in the world. The internet has created a high level of variety for almost everything.
On Netflix or YouTube, I spend more time browsing options than watching videos. I look at numerous menus on Uber Eats or DoorDash, just to end up getting shawarma. Usually, I end up avoiding decisions, procrastinating what should be a simple choice.
How can I reduce the number of decisions I make?
This was the question I had.
As I reflected on it I realized that most decisions are fluid. They can be reversed. I had decision fatigue because I placed too much significance on decisions. The question I should’ve been asking was:
Are most of the decisions I make significant?
The common answer is no. The decision is trivial, the output would be neutral. If the output was bad, it could be reversed. If I felt I made the wrong choice I can pivot to another option without much consequence.
How can I reduce insignificant decisions?
Even with decisions being fluid, it would be nice to eliminate the ones that didn’t matter. This was a prioritization issue. I wouldn’t need to make so many decisions if my priority was clear.
“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will” - Greg McKeown, Essentialism
This phrase from Essentialism immediately came to mind. In my case however, “someone else” happened to be convenience .
My takeaway from this is to have a strong sense of priority. After clarifying what is important, I’ll have an idea of what I need to do at any given moment.
 Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making.
 Convenience in this context refers to how easy something is to choose. The easiest and most gratifying option isn’t the most optimal.