Decision-making: Do you get paralyzed sometimes? Spend too much time on the small stuff and not enough on what turns out to be a big decision? Here are 6 ways to improve, get unstuck and spend your time more wisely. Are you doing what matters?
Decision-Making as a System
Why not? If you can figure out how you make decisions you’re comfortable with, then write down your questions. What did you research? What did you ask yourself? How much time did you spend? As you learn more about what makes a good decision for you, add to the list.
6 Key Questions for Your Decision-Making
- Does this feel like a small, medium or large decision? Match your time and attention to the size and risk of the decision, i.e., not overthinking a small decision, and not making a big one so fast that it’s trouble for you later on.
- What’s the deadline? What kind of time do you truly need to spend on this decision? If you run out of time, then you’re not making a choice. You’re letting time make a decision for you. And that’s not always going to be the one you would have made in a thoughtful way.
- How much risk is there to making the decision ? What is risk, to you? What are you willing to risk? What is your tolerance?
- What’s the win? If you say “Yes,” what does that mean? Think it all the way through, not just for now, but for next year. And if you say “No,” how will you feel? What does that mean for now and for next year?
- What are your options? Ask other people if you can’t think of more than two. You’re probably too much in the middle of things. There are always several ways to say yes or no, including one people often don’t consider: Yes, but only if … Yes, on the condition that …. So, for example, “Yes, I’ll volunteer for that project; only if I don’t have to lead it. I have too much else on my plate.”
- What do you need to give up, if you wanted to say “Yes” to this decision? What activities make up a similar amount of time, so you can have the time to do this new one well? What old habit or system do you need to change to make this work? What resistance do you need to let go? What poor attitude, chip on your shoulder or other emotions do you need to let go, to make this work?
And Finally Bring in This Key Piece
What is my heart saying? My intuition or instincts? How do I feel about this? Your body often knows the answer before your mind, so says research. Sit with each option and be quiet. “Listen” to your head, your heart and your body. Decision-making: art and science !
How do you approach decision-making?
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