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  • Confront the Big Issues, Then Take Lunch

    August 25, 2011
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    "Do You Suffer from Decision Fatigue?"
    New York Times MagazineAugust 17, 2011

    John Tierney’s New York Times Magazine article on “decision fatigue” is getting a lot of attention. The article argues that “there is a finite store of mental energy for exerting self-control.” “No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can’t make decision after decision without paying a biological price. . . . The more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain, and eventually it looks for shortcuts.”

    So how do you account for decision fatigue? Make big decisions in the morning.

    Maybe the three-martini lunch wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

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