Like any other type of fatigue, decision fatigue occurs when our energy levels have not been managed well. In this case, it would be beneficial to do tasks or activities which give you mental energy and sharpen your focus. We must balance our energy and not demand everything from ourselves all of the time. It simply doesn’t work in the long-term. Diet, getting enough sleep, and avoiding impulsive behaviors can also improve and stabilise energy levels over time.
At work we are often required to make decisions as a team. Of course, team dynamics play a role here. But there are two parallel contexts at play. Each individual in the team needs to manage their stress and energy AND the team as a whole must do the same. Here, the theories behind priority setting, creating emotional safety in the workplace, and working towards agreed goals is crucial.