Right now we are facing a time in our lives where we have a lot of decisions to make. They range from should we keep, sell or donate this item to what kind of visa process should I submit to what kind of job should I pursue (when I can work) in the US.
It is draining, it is resulting in decision fatigue and inaction.
Decision fatigue is caused by having to make a lot of decisions and can result in a deterioration of the quality of the decisions you are making.
After contemplating this problem I’ve come to the conclusion that I believe a large amount of the brain power and space all these decisions are taking up is because;
- I am spending too much time mulling over the small decisions – things like; how much should I sell this for – instead of just making the decision and moving on
- I am trying to make big decisions on things that I don’t have enough information about – budgets for big ticket items, how long we can travel for on our savings before we have to find jobs
- I’m trying to do everything by consensus with Eliot.
So what to do about all that? (Another decision!)
- Agree on basic principles: Sell everything, we want less stuff in our lives
- Check in with Eliot as to whether decisions require consultation – anything else, just do it and know that we may not agree but it’s better to move forward
- Prioritise the big stuff – figure out how much money we will have and how long it will last
Once a decision has been made and the action is set, let it go and move forward…