Decision Fatigue

My daughter says I need a real Sabbath. I do take one… sort of. I come home on Sundays after service and I try not to do anything other than my Monday devotional until Monday night men’s group.

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Some weeks I do better than others. After last week, when I didn’t get the sermon done until Friday night, I got nervous. Since I already knew what I was preaching for this next Sunday I wrote the sermon on Monday which meant of course…no day off.

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Yesterday I had staff meeting, came home to do bills and to work through my own health insurance options while also working on Grace’s next steps into the world of Medicaid. Then I got a call to attend the bedside of a man preparing for his eternal journey. So I decided to cancel my regularly scheduled evening meetings with other parishioners.

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This morning I woke up to two e-mails pushing towards decisions for the health insurance and some changes around the Vicarage. Neither of them were pushy or terribly serious they just started the day on an emphasis of decision making before I had even had my first cup of coffee.

I have been learning in my NOOM app about decision fatigue. I know this is one of my issues. Too many decisions….Noom says one of the ways to deal with decision fatigue is to automate some of your decisions. Move them from the plate of conscious decision to automatic action. Things like: What to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The order of activities in the day, what clothes to wear.

I also think my daughter is right. I have to be much more intentional about building in a decision free day…a real sabbath. And I think I need to build some actual decision making/ planning time into my schedule. It is there I am just not using the planning time to its proper advantage.



3 thoughts on “Decision Fatigue

  1. Pingback: DECISION FATIGUE | Lillie-Put

  2. I schedule my week…I schedule in pause time…I schedule in sleep in days…I schedule in laundry…I schedule meals, time with friends….paying bills…EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE IS ON MY SCHEDULE….And when I don’t accomplish something….I put it on the schedule for the next available day…
    Once it is on the schedule….ALL I NEED DO is look at it. It removes the running lists from head….puts them where they can be useful rather than stressful. I look at my tomorrow schedule before I go to bed. I look at my week on Sunday night.

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