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The UnPacking List #8: How to Combat Decision Fatigue

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Have you noticed that when it comes to eating healthy, you tend to struggle more in the evening? Do you often not feel happy after choosing an item off of Amazon, even though there were dozens of options and colors and styles on offer?

Or, maybe you often find yourself throwing extra items into your suitcase the night before a trip even though you know – deep down – they probably aren’t really needed?

The reason behind all of these scenarios can be attributed to decision fatigue. It’s a syndrome impacting your daily life, and it takes a beating on your travel life as well.

If you’ve been living life thinking that having lots of choices and all the options is a big factor in happiness, you might be surprised to learn it can actually have the opposite effect. Less is more, and I’m here to tell you why!

What You’ll Learn

  • What decision fatigue is, and how it affects both your normal life and your travel life.
  • The shocking number of times we jump from tasks in our workday, and how that eats away at our decision-making willpower.
  • How choice overload negatively impacts our happiness.
  • Four ways to combat decision fatigue that you can start integrating into your life right now.
  • And some simple ways to fight decision fatigue when traveling.

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I want to know how you personally combat decision fatigue in your life. I want to know your tips and tricks, so share them in the comments!

And don’t forget to…

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm planning adventures or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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