Decision-making can drain our mental and physical energy, but you can reduce this stress by being honest about how you’re feeling, getting comfortable with discomfort and declaring the results and emotions you want to create, writes Marlene Chism. “There’s a benefit to being self-aware and honest: The more truthful you are about your own emotions, the easier it is to read other people’s emotions,” she writes.



The brain has limited resources for decision-making, and in a world where most of us are drowning in choices, it’s easy to lose momentum.

Most leaders understand the concept of making difficult decisions early in the day, yet still experience decision fatigue due to unhealthy habits. Here are four hacks to reduce decision-fatigue and make you a more effective leader.

1. Start From Intention

An intention is more powerful than a goal because intentions include the invisible elements like connection, emotion, meaning, and even identity. In other words, an intention is not just about outcome, but also about purpose and journey. Think of an intention as a goal with a soul.

Starting from intention even supports management activities such as initiating a difficult conversation. Your goal might be to improve an employee’s performance, but the intention is to improve performance, support the employee and uncover obstacles standing in way. A solid intention considers more than just a financial outcome or productivity output.