The Power of Pre-decisions
This past Sunday, Dr. Mark Batterson shared a great message with his congregation at the National Community Church in Washington, D.C., about the importance of making pre-decisions. In his message, Dr. Batterson explained the phenomenon of “decision fatigue” and the impact it has on each of us daily. Because decision making is a mental exercise, it’s easy to lose stamina just like it is with physical exercise. Some experts estimate we face over 35,000 decisions each day, and if so, the idea of decision fatigue makes sense.
Making decisions is hard, and that’s why it’s important to make decisions when we’re fresh— when emotions and fatigue are both minimal. It’s why it’s best to have a plan in August and set the expectations for the year rather than doing it as the year progresses because once the year starts, life speeds up and we have to make decision after decision and it’s easy to fatigue and wear down.
But I have good news— a new semester is a great time to re-start. It’s a great time to renew our energy and start off the year on the right foot. Making decisions is hard and it does fatigue us, but while we’re fresh off the break, it’s a great time to set the course for this semester.
I’m looking forward to a great semester and I hope you are, too. To avoid decision fatigue, make decisions now for how you plan to respond in certain situations and clearly communicate those expectations to your students before things speed up. At a rate of over 35,000 decisions a day, making pre-decisions seems like wise advice.