How to Avoid Decision Fatigue—Decide Once

Summer is here, and if you’re anything like me, this season never seems long enough. In fact, I already feel that it’s going by too fast! My June is super busy and my July will be too. So if you feel like your summer is already passing by and leaving you behind or feeling overwhelmed, know that you’re not alone!

I hate feeling overwhelmed and stressed. So with a busy summer looming ahead of me, I continue trying to make decisions only once—and it saves me so much time! What do I mean?

Avoiding Decision Fatigue

Did you know we only have so many decisions in our decision purse every day? After we use them up, we could end up with decision fatigue. Once that happens, it gets harder to make good decisions. If you doubt that, have you ever eaten healthy all day only to fall victim a cookie or bowl of ice cream late at night? (True confessions . . . the bowl was put in front of me, what was I to do?)


However, certain choices are no-brainers. For example, eating, drinking, sleeping—we do these things every day. And our most important spiritual activities are non-negotiable as well. We don’t even have to think about them, we just do them. 

That’s why I try to decide once on things that I do regularly—then I make it part of my routine. It could be something I do every day, every week, every month, every quarter, or every year.

I decided a couple of years ago to make June the beginning of my summer quarter. So below is an example of three things that I do routinely every quarter.

Time for a Change

Capsule wardrobe: This week is a good time to change out my spring wardrobe for my summer wardrobe. Here in Florida, it has been absolutely gorgeous the past few weeks, which is fabulous since we had such a cold winter (for Florida). But now that it’s been in the 90’s, I am definitely ready for my cooler clothes.


Air Conditioning filter: I change the air filter in my home every three months—no negotiation. The cleaner the air is in my home, the better I feel.

Mascara: This is a harbinger of bacteria. If I don’t change it out regularly, I could end up with an eye infection. So I throw it out, whether it’s finished or not, and use a fresh mascara every three months. Who wants a stye in their eye—especially in the summer? Not me!

These are just three things that I do regularly, which I decided to make part of my routine. What do you do regularly? I would love to know what else I can add into my routine, so please leave a comment below and tell me what you’ve added to yours!

Don’t let the summer pass you by; stop feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Instead, decide once, and leave some room in your decision purse for decisions that really count. Summer is so short, so get out there and enjoy it!

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