Project Management

I Can’t Make Another Decision

Is your brain on overload from the excessive decisions you have to make in a day? Going from the pressures of budgets at work towards the pressures of what to have for dinner can be an almost insurmountable task at times. In a post for PM Hut, Karen J. Goold explores some tactics people can use when they have reached their capacity.

The Breaking Point

Goold seriously jokes that she often tells her friends: “I don’t make decisions at home – I make decisions all day, so am not doing anymore!! Someone else can decide and I’ll just go along with it!” Sometimes the pressures of deciding are just too much for one single person. Imagine a person’s capacity to make decisions like a battery: it will drain a little bit with every choice made, and once it is depleted, no more choices can be made. This can be detrimental because if the battery is low, you are often inclined to make poor choices or accept bad risks. We often overlook details that can turn out to be monumentally important.

So what can be done if the battery has been drained but there is still so much to decide? First, acknowledge that despite how you feel, you have no limit, and in actuality can make all the decisions you please. If this bid of confidence is not enough to get you going again, there are six elements to acknowledge that you can make to help improve your decision-making limits:

  1. Limitations
  2. Reframe
  3. Positivity
  4. Exercise
  5. Enjoy
  6. Feedback

As with most things in life, if you believe it to be true, it will be, so believe you do not have limitations. If something still seems too difficult, try to reframe it and look at it from another angle. Encourage yourself and be positive about your choices by celebrating success and continually “exercise” your brain by making choices. If you are really overwhelmed, take a moment to enjoy life and find your center again. Finally, be sure to receive feedback on how your choices pan out and how you might be able to improve.

If your battery appears drained, do not worry! It is all an illusion and you can preserve.

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