10 effective strategies to avoid decision fatigue in a busy entrepreneur

Decision making is a necessary and frequent part of the working day of any businessman. The decisions they make can have a significant and fundamental impact on the future of their company. However, making these decisions can have a huge impact on the entrepreneur as well. Having to look at every aspect of a problem in order to find a viable solution takes a significant amount of mental effort, especially when it happens several times a day.

To ease decision fatigue, 10 Young Entrepreneurs Council members are exploring the following question:

Solution fatigue is a real problem for busy entrepreneurs. What strategy do you have for making the right decisions while avoiding mental exhaustion?

Implement one of these strategies to take control of your energy and make better decisions.

1. Go beyond your point of view

I go beyond my point of view. I suppose I am advising someone else. This limits my emotional attachment to the situation. It is often easier for us to advise than to make the right decision. So, I imagine a great friend, a person close to me, sitting opposite me and faced with my problem. I advise them. Then I heed this advice. – Tyler Bray, TK Trailer Parts

2. Consider your top priorities.

Entrepreneurs need to hone their decision-making skills to avoid burnout. I prioritize to make the right decisions. I think about which things on my to-do list are absolutely necessary, and then I can easily make a decision based on my top priorities. I can always make time for other things later, but I think about my priorities first, so I know they’ve been taken care of before making other decisions. – John Rampton, Calendar

3. Implement positive habits.

The only way to truly avoid decision fatigue is to develop positive habits. You need to automate as much as possible and accept the simplicity of routine work. Every morning for me is the same thing: wake up, coffee, workout, get ready, work. I even limited my wardrobe to a uniform of neutral colors just so I didn’t have to decide what to wear. When my habits work, my brain is freed to work. – Ashley Sharp, Live With Dignity

4. Take time for critical reflection.

Set aside time for critical thinking on your calendar. As founders, when we experience burnout, we rarely consider the time of clear and critical reflection to be a time of “work.” This is problematic. Reflection time is not free time or taking care of yourself. Schedule it yourself on your calendar and use this time for reflection. Find ways to use this time to truly develop your critical thinking skills. – Matthew Kapala, Alphametic

5. Weigh decisions against a large metric

I’ve noticed that choosing one big metric or KPI that you can use to make trade-off decisions really works well, preferably a metric focused on creating value for your customers (such as increasing revenue). You can pass this metric on to your team so that everyone can ask themselves, “Does this help us increase our clients’ income?” before executing. – Joe Stolte, Tractionology Group

6. Outsource the generation of your choice

The best way to avoid decision fatigue is to outsource the generation of your choice. Ideally, you shouldn’t think about all the possible variables that help you choose between yes and no. Take people you trust and ask them to rationalize their point of view on what to do. Listen to their opinions. Then just overlay your perspective to see if anything changes as a result and make a decision. – Asim Rais Siddiqi, Tekrevol

7. Combine tasks together

To overcome decision fatigue, it helps you group tasks together so you can tackle multiple tasks at once and work smarter, not harder. Batching works in different ways, but you can set aside one day for dirty tasks, another day for more complex tasks, another day for administrative tasks, and so on. That way, you can prepare for what’s ahead and no surprises. – Stephanie Wells, Formidable

8. Talk to people who can help

Talk to people who can help you make better decisions. Sometimes it can be difficult to make important decisions yourself. At such times, discussion with others can be very helpful. Also, before jumping to conclusions, take the time to rethink your decision. Take a day to analyze if this is the best solution. – Josh Kolbach, Wholesale Suite

9. Get rid of some of your opportunities.

Decision fatigue can be avoided by reducing the number of options available to you. The fewer options you have, the less stress there will be in your mind. So, when a problem arises, start by eliminating as many options as possible. When you have only two or three options left, you can really focus and work on making a decision more easily. – Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner

10. Get enough sleep

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be able to make difficult decisions. Eight or nine hours of quality sleep every night is an important contribution to the correct emotional state and mental ability to think carefully about difficult situations and make the right decisions. I personally feel well prepared to handle difficult situations where I regularly sleep nine hours or more. – Colin McGuire, Boomn

These responses are provided by the Young Entrepreneurship Council (YEC), an organization of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs, by invitation only. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue every year and create tens of thousands of jobs. Find out more at yec.co

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