Avoid Decision Fatigue, and Start Thinking Like a Computer

Katie Fowler
by Katie Fowler

Computers have a tendency to freeze up when overloaded, and the human brain is in some part no different (decision fatigue, we've all been there). But according to the Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Tom Griffiths, we can borrow the concept of computer algorithms to start making life decisions faster and easier. Imagine the outcome of not having to mull on what to order for dinner, on whether or not to go to that party in two weeks, or if you should buy the grey or blue sofa? Thinking like a computer could actually make our lives simpler, give us less wrinkles, and let's be honest, allow us to spend more time doing the things that matter, like sleep.

Speaking at TEDxSydney last Friday, Griffiths revealed that "the best algorithms are about doing what makes the most sense at the time". So applying this way of thinking to making decisions can prove effective as computer algorithms follow a process and make the best decision based on set parameters without a second thought. "There's no way we can consider all the options," Griffiths says. "As long as you use the best process, you've done the best you can. Solving simpler problems can give you insight and help you to relax," he says.

Shop Griffiths's book on the subject below.

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