There are some things we all do so instinctively that we tend to forget that there’s an art to them. Decision-making is one of those acts we take for granted, often winging it, or throwing together a decision between doing other ‘important’ things. However, decision-making is a precise activity. it requires cognition, and skilled cognition at that. it should be afforded its own allotment of time.
Giving yourself time to think through a decision actually saves time that would otherwise be spent picking up the pieces after your winged decision flops. A careful decision takes a bit more time, but the results are better. To really craft that decision, whatever it is, it’s important to analyze its components. For example, a new job would entail a different route to work, possibly different time parameters, and more than likely an array of monetary issues. Each of these sub-decisions needs to be looked at carefully.
After the data-gathering, but before the final assessment, there are a few tools to go through that will enable a good final product. First, use your values to steer you through any moral quagmire. Talk it out. Saying what you think aloud can be affirming, or it can spotlight flaws. Ask for another’s view, if that seems warranted. And listen carefully to your mind and heart, because they may want different things and they should both be honored.
- It’s important to block out time for decisions, just as you would for any other task.
- When planning a decision know that there will be a myriad of factors, fiscal, emotional, as well as time issues etc.
- To ensure that you make a sound decision, rely on your innate values and talk through your decision-making process.
“Decisions–or, more accurately, indecision–can cause a drag on your time for days, weeks, months, or even years.”