Do you ever stop and think about how much time you spend making simple decisions, much less hard ones? Most of us are blessed with so many choices for so many things, from choosing what groceries to buy, restaurant to go to, and what to choose to eat. Sometimes we spend a ridiculous amount of time staring at a menu, giving too much time to a pretty basic decision. We all do this from time to time.
So how do we become better and faster at decision making? A good start is to quickly decide how huge the issue at hand really is, what is the importance of the outcome? Using a restaurant menu as an example, there are most likely several delicious items on it so it shouldn’t require a long period of time to choose something. This is a simple and hopefully quick decision.
The decision making process isn’t always easy. You’re bound to lose a little sleep over the big decisions, regardless of how decisive you are because these are the really important ones. Big decisions can be seriously stressful. Things like getting married or divorced, buying a house, changing jobs or moving can be mentally and physical draining.
When the need to make a decision is required, but feels overwhelming, make routine decisions a habit at least temporarily. For example, decide to prepare the same thing for lunch every day and make that a habit for as long as it helps you. Another tool is a timer. Have all the pros and cons written down, set a timer and commit to making a decision when the time allowed is finished.
Be cautious you aren’t gathering TMI, Too Much Information. We can research endlessly, there is so much information available. Be realistic in deciding when you have enough. And know that most decisions can be reversed in some manner, or assist in making a better decision later. We’ve all heard sayings like “%&$# or get off the pot”, “fish or cut bait”, “put up or shut up” and many more. There is a reason these sayings stay with us, they provide a message.