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How to Make Decisions

6 Tips to Make Decisions Easier

Making decisions is not easy at times, especially when we live in a time with decision fatigue.

Think about all the things you have to decide before lunch from what to wear or eat through to decisions at work, questions people ask you etc.

Each decision we make requires effort and uses our energy. This is why most successful people aim to use the morning for big decisions.

They also make small decisions a habit where possible such as selecting the outfits for the week in advance or wearing the same thing, meal preparation and planning on one day etc.

The more you can do to reduce small decisions, the more capacity you have to make big decisions easier.

How you make them does depend on a few different things, but there are a few things you can do to make decision-making easier.

6 Tips to Make Decisions Easier

Before Making a Big Decision…

I want to mention a few things before I get into the ‘how’ tips about making decisions.

When it comes to making big decisions, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and potentially make the wrong decision especially if you are tired, hungry, busy etc.

Ensure you are well fed, well hydrated, well rested and in the best headspace you can be for the moment the decision needs to be made.

If you have to, ask for more time or allow yourself to take time to make the decision so you can eat, sleep, drink, meditate or whatever it is you need to do to be mentally ready.

6 Tips for Making Decisions

When we are struggling to make a decision it can stem from many things such as our own insecurity, fear or the consequences, fear of missing out etc.

If we dig deep though, we are likely to uncover what we truly want. The following suggestions will help you cut through it to make decisions faster.

6 Tips to Make Decisions Easier

1. Flip A Coin

Grab a coin and pick which decision is heads and which is tails.

As you flip it in the air you will find yourself hoping for heads or tails.

This is how you can easily tell what you truly want so it’s not about leaving it to chance.

Often, as soon as you toss the coin, you feel something and desire one particular outcome.

Going with that feeling can often be an easy way to decide on something because it’s what you truly want.

It doesn’t work 100% of the time, but it is a great way to see what your subconscious wants.

Sometimes being clear on what you want, even if it isn’t the decision you will choose can make the process easier.

2.  List the Pros and Cons

Writing a list of the pros and cons of whatever decision you are facing might seem basic but it can be helpful if done right.

More often than not though, when making these lists people tend to put a lot of pros under the decision they truly want, even if it’s not the right decision.

Trying to convince yourself it’s right because it has more advantages doesn’t make it right.

Instead, weigh up the advantages or pros and cons of each accurately, taking into account the importance of each one.

For example, when weighing up moving once there were a lot of pros, but the ultimate con was it would be detrimental to my kids.

No matter what decision I have to make, they are my first consideration.

How will what I am doing affect them? If there is a negative impact, the decision is a no-brainer for me and I won’t do it.

6 Tips to Make Decisions Easier

3.  Talk It Out

Be selective about who you speak to and clear about what help you want.

Some people are geared towards problem solving while others will add to the problem.

If you are someone who finds it useful to verbalise your issues and work through them, talking it out is great, provided you talk it out to someone who can help.

Often, the process involves talking through the options, working out what you want, or what is best and why, and then making your decision.

Seeking out people who have been in your position, that you trust and can give advice is important for this.

Your first impulse might be to discuss it with your best friend or a family member but they aren’t always the best option.

They might not understand what you want to do or have any experience in it, or worse still, they might not want you to succeed or change.

Determine what the issue is you want to discuss, the help you need for it and who would be the right person to talk to before discussing it with anyone.

Sometimes a counsellor, mentors, coaches or like-minded people in support groups are better options than our close friends.

4. Test your options

If you are in a position to do so, try each option you have that you are trying to decide between.

This doesn’t apply if you are trying to decide about a relationship or similar but if it is something you can test e.g. paint colours on a wall or anything you can try before you buy, try it.

Giving something a go that you think is what you want while still having the option to go back to something else can be great.

You might love it or hate it, but at least you tried it and now you know.

6 Tips to Make Decisions Easier

5.  Meditate

Take some time to relax, clear your head then later come back to consider your choices.

Guided meditations are good places to start if you are not used to it.

Meditation isn’t just about clearing everything from your mind, although you do want to slow down and take time.

We live in a fast-paced world and it is difficult for most people to switch off, which is why meditation can be so good. You get that time to relax and regroup.

Going for a walk along the beach, doing some yoga, listening to music, taking a bath, all those sorts of things can be forms of meditation to get you out of your own head.

My preference is meditation with music or guided meditation when it comes to making decisions though.

6. What are your Values, Passions and Interests?

Will this move you in the direction you want? When faced with a decision, it helps if you know where you stand in life normally. What do you value, what is important to you, what do you love? Then it is simply a matter of which decision works best with the answers to those questions.

How do you make decisions?

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