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12 August 2016

Don’t leave important decisions for the end of a stressful day

Don’t leave important decisions for the end of a stressful day. Mentally straining activities tend to wear out the regions of the brain that affect willpower. Studies indicate that people are more likely to choose immediate rewards and act on impulse the more mentally exhausted they become. Brain scans of individuals engaged in taxing work suggest decreased activity in the middle frontal gyrus, a part of the brain that is involved in decision-making. So you’d best make your big decisions in the morning before diving into seriously brain-burning work.

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