Decisions, decisions. It’s something to be made every single day from the moment you wake up. During a job search, which is already stressful to begin with, there are endless of challenging decisions you must make. In fact, there are so many factors to consider that if you don’t take steps to protect your mental health, you may end up experiencing decision fatigue. In this article, we will discuss 3 simple steps you can take to help you limit the number of decisions to avoid decision fatigue in your job search.
1. Establish Hard Rules
There’s no end to a job search. Therefore, you should firstly establish a limit on the amount of time you spend searching for a job. This will help you avoid spending too much time browsing job descriptions or submitting applications to positions that aren’t a good fit. Although it may seem counterintuitive, spending too much time on your job search can actually reduce your chances of landing the right job. If you’re constantly on LinkedIn or Glassdoor, then you’re constantly making decisions and this can quickly lead to burnout and decision fatigue.
2. Establish Deal Breakers
Want a job that offers great compensation? Or a job that offers you the flexibility to work remotely? It is essential to bear in mind that there’s no perfect job out there so you’ll constantly have to weigh the pros and cons of every offer. This also means that lots of decisions will have to be made, resulting in a decision fatigue. To work around it, use deal breakers to eliminate listing and offers and make faster decisions. Simple deal breakers you might want to consider are compensation, workload, title and commute time. If a job will require you to travel more than you’re willing to or the salary is outside your set range, thank you, next.
3. Utilise If-Then Rules
Another strategy to help you avoid having to make unnecessary decisions is to create a few if-then rules. For example, if the job requires you to travel 50% of the time when you have just welcomed a little one to your family, then strike that off your list. Using a predetermined if-then rules to quickly eliminate positions and save you time and mental energy.
Looking for a new job can be a long arduous and stressful process. Therefore, in order to be successful, it is important to prioritise your mental health and take necessary breaks in between! If you’re feeling mentally fatigued, take breaks to do something that will help clear your mind, such as exercising or meditating.