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  • Writer's pictureAlan Jacobs

Decision Fatigue: Why Smart People Make Bad Divorce Decisions

Decision fatigue is the mental and emotional drain you feel after you’ve made too many decisions in a short period of time. It’s the reason why, after a long day at the office, you can’t figure out what to eat for dinner.


Decision fatigue explains why seemingly rational people sometimes do irrational things. It’s NOT that you’re stupid, lazy, crazy, or weak-willed. It’s just that at that moment you’ve used up your quotient of decision-making energy.


Whether you realize it or not, making decisions takes energy – mental and emotional energy. So, even if you’re not physically tired, once you’ve depleted your mental and emotional energy, you’re more likely to make bad decisions … or no decisions at all.


In this excellent blog posting, Karen Covey offers 7 ways to make better decisions in your divorce:

  1. Avoid marathon negotiation or mediation sessions.

  2. If you’re going to meet for more than an hour, bring snacks.

  3. Establish your priorities before you negotiate anything.

  4. Simplify your life.

  5. Schedule important conversations when you’re fresh.

  6. Set a tripwire to avoid impulse decisions.

  7. Master Your Mindset

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