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How to Make Great Decisions!

sign post junction blogHow are you at making great decisions?  Is this something you struggle with and find yourself procrastinating over?

If you recognise this in yourself, try out my top tips for making great decisions…

Take the pressure off.  Not every decision is a ‘forever’ decision and most can be reviewed at a later date so recognise this and relax.

If you find yourself going around in circles, take some time out, away from that decision and re-centre yourself before returning to it with a clear head.

Spend less time making good decisions.  In the past you may have found making decisions can consume far too much of your time and energy.  The trick is to invest the most useful amount of thought, which is a balance between too little and too much thought time, in any given decision.

At some point, we’ve all encountered analysis paralysis when making decisions as we hope to make the ‘right’ choice or find the ‘perfect’ solution, when actually ‘good enough’ would be sufficient.

If you consider the 80/20 rule when it comes to your decision making skills, 20% of your thought time and energy will be used making a decision that is 80% right and then you will waste the next 80% of your time and energy analysing it, trying to work out whether it is the perfect decision.

Get comfortable with good enough.  Recognising if a decision is good enough is the key to stopping the analysis paralysis and will save you a huge amount of time and energy.

Consider what a ‘good enough’ outcome would be, and then pick the first option that ticks all those boxes.  Imagine booking a hotel room for a week’s holiday.  You need a hotel room of a certain capacity, with certain facilities at a certain price.  The person who wants to make the perfect decision will spend days researching whilst the person who chooses ‘good enough’ decides on the first one that fulfills the requirements and in turn, saves precious their time.

Trust your instinct!  Have you ever gone against your instinct on a decision and then regretted it?  Even with the big decisions, your instinct will help you to make the right choice for you.  Take some time out from all the research and check in with what feels right to you.

If you struggle making decisions, contact us and find out how we can help.