As an event planner, you are faced with one decision after the next. Which venue is best? Which vendors should I hire? How will I stay within budget? These are just some of the many questions that will need answered along the way.
Decision fatigue, a phrase created by Dr. Roy Baumeister, a Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, is very real.
Based on his studies, the more decisions a person makes, regardless of the importance, the less willpower he or she has. Subsequently, this causes poor decisions in the future as well as a lack of performance.
How to Prevent Decision Fatigue
If you are concerned about the impact of decision fatigue on your event, it is important to prevent this before it becomes a problem. There are three simple ways of doing so:
1. Get Into a Routine
Although your routine may lead to boredom at some point, it puts you in position to avoid decisions associated with unfamiliar circumstances.
Have you planned a similar event in the past? If so, use the same routine this time around. This will keep you on the right track, while helping you avoid issues that have caused concern at previous events.
2. Rely on a To Do List
If you have a to do list in your head, it’s time to put pencil to paper. This gives you something to work from when times get tough. This gives your brain time to relax, as you know what needs to be done and have a list that can push you from one stage to the next.
3. Get Help
When you try to do everything on your own, it won’t be long before you are bogged down and wondering what to do next. As you are faced with decision overload, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. This can lead to poor decision making and a lack of production.
Getting help does not mean that you are unqualified to handle the event. It simply means you are smart enough to bring other knowledgeable people into the fold. When you have a solid team around you, you don’t have to make all the decisions on your own.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Is decision fatigue setting in? Is this taking a toll on you, while hindering the success of your event?
It is your job to prevent decision fatigue before it weighs you down!