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The Daily Break: Decisions, Your Brain, and Maps.


I often witness a phenomena with business owners (myself included), office staff, and students called Decision Fatigue.

Eliminating decision fatigue is crucial in a busy life and can be the first step in making your days less stressful. So daily break is really important in life!

Your Brain

Decisions are essentially a plan, which you intend to follow through with.  Just like setting the coordinates on your “Maps” application, you have to have the end in mind before you can get started.

It should make sense that, in order for your brain to easily get you from A to B, you need to decide on a goal and some action steps.

Choosing appropriate action steps to reach a goal such as “more productivity” means picking ultra-small habits that you are 100% positive you can accomplish daily and following through. The more you complete these ultra-easy action steps, the closer you will be to your goal.

Preparing a daily break for yourself is training your brain to make effective decision-making easy every day.  The more times you act something out, the more efficient your brain handles the actions steps associated with the trip from A to B. Neuroscientists refer to this “brain training” as Neuroplasticty.

The Merriam-Webster definition says

plasticity  neuroplasticity, the capacity of the brain to develop and change throughout life, something Western science once thought impossible.


A map is essentially a tool we use to get somewhere. Here are some actions steps to make your decision map easier to navigate:

 Pick one and go for it, for your brain’s sake…

  • Create a weekly plan to minimize time spent making your simple daily decisions. Some people simply ALWAYS pre-determine their professional clothing choices (lay out their clothes) each night before bed.
  • Leave yourself some sticky notes at your desk or in your car as reminders to establish good sitting posture (FOR WHEN YOU HAVE TO SIT) so you can decrease the physical stress on your body (HERE is one of my favorites..)
  • Pick out the top 5 places that keep your favorite healthy meal in stock, so that when you schedule your next lunch or dinner meeting you aren’t wasting any time ensuring a healthy meal choice. 
  • Purchase healthy snacks for your commute, office drawers, and refrigerator at home so when you do reach for something to eat, you grab something good. This will also save you from overpriced items at gas stations and party stores. 
  • Drink 1 full glass of water first thing in the morning before consuming anything else. 

You CAN change little things everyday to hold your energy level up high, focus more on the big picture, and automate the small decisions in your routine so you spend LESS TIME stressing, SAVE MONEY by avoiding health hazards, and LIVE BETTER each day.

Fine-tune your focus, and take the Daily Break.


Dr. Cory St. Denis

Cory St. Denis, D.C. is a Chiropractor & Co-Founder/CEO of DCTree Marketing | Productivity Hacker & Entrepreneur