Making decisions can be incredibly taxing for #ADHD'ers and #ActuallyAutistic folks. Even seemingly inconsequential decisions, like what to eat or wear, can eat away at our energy level or send us spiraling into decision paralysis.

Let’s talk about a few ways to avoid this. 🧵1/
1) Decide ahead of time.

Deciding ahead can give us the time we need to process the information needed for the decision. More importantly, this means we aren’t immediately locked into a choice. We can still change our mind if the information (or our mood) changes. 2/
Having a plan sets our selection to default, and removes the negative consequences of not coming to a decision.

With a default option in place, if we can’t make up our mind we aren’t stuck in an endless loop of indecision. Instead, we just end up with our default 3/
2) Lock in ‘safe’ options

Setting a default option can be used on a larger scale too. If you have a favourite food, drink, or anything else (or even just an option that you know is reliably safe or okay), you can set this as your safe default. 4/
This can be a lifesaver when you’re out with friends and no one wants to make a decision, or when you can’t decide what to make for dinner.

Even if nothing seems appealing, at least you have something you know is reliably safe or satisfactory. 5/
A warning, however, NTs find the idea of safe options a bit unusual. If you’re concerned about this, picking two or three safe options and shuffling through them can help.

Speaking of! 6/
3) Limit your options.

The more options you have, the more likely you’re to end up stuck in decision paralysis purgatory. As unnatural as it may feel, focus on deciding between an arbitrary subset of two or three of them, even if there are a large number of options available 7/
In the most extreme cases, you can even…

4) Pick randomly. Yes, really!

This isn’t the best option for most decisions, but when you’re deciding something where the differences are small or the impact is time-limited, this tactic may be just the ticket.

In both cases… 8/
5) Remember the big picture.

Whenever you’re making a decision, it can feel like you’re being locked in forever, especially if you’re arbitrarily limiting your options. Stepping back though, that isn’t true. You’re choosing toothpaste for a month or cereal for a week. 9/
After that, you get to choose again, with more knowledge.

This self-reflection can improve just about any of the tactics here, but it especially helps limit your options (3), pick randomly (4), and remember the big picture. 10/
Importantly though:

A lot of ND folks _cannot_ rely on their memory alone for this process! We need to write it down. Making a note for future can help set your ‘safe’ options or let you hone your tastes over time.

Finally… 11/
6) Keep the decision time in mind.

In a capitalist world, our time is worth money. If you’re deciding based on price vs. quality, remember how much you’re spending just by standing there.

If you’re debating over price for an hour, you may not actually be saving money. 12/12
So, what do y'all think.

What are the tactics you use to make decisions easier?
How do you avoid decision paralysis purgatory?

#askADHD @AskingAutistics

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