Don’t kid yourself. Making decisions is hard work. See the August 17, 2011, article in the New York Times, by John Tierney, entitled, “Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?” He referred to experiments that he said “demonstrated that there is a finite store of mental energy for exerting self-control”. He also referred to experiments that showed that “when glucose is low [your brain] responds more strongly to immediate rewards and pays less attention to long-term prospects.” He also pointed out that dieters are “trapped in a nutritional catch-22: 1. In order not to eat, a dieter needs willpower. 2. In order to have willpower, a dieter needs to eat.” Tierney referred to a researcher named Baumeister, whose “studies show that people with the best self-control are the ones who structure their lives so as to conserve willpower”. Tierney further quoted Baumeister as saying, “Even the wisest people won’t make good choices when they’re not rested and their glucose is low”.
Making good decisions involves training ourselves, our minds, our bodies, our spirits, and structuring our lives so as to make the best possible decisions. This blog is dedicated, in a light-hearted way, to the art of wise decision-making.