Make Better Decisions
Make Better Decisions No one is born with the innate ability to make brilliant decisions all the time. Decision-making is a skill that we learn through experience – but it can also be developed and improved to help you make the best possible choices in any given situation. More importantly, being an effective decision-maker means you make timely, confident decisions with the least possible stress.
The next time you have an important decision to tackle, use these 6 steps to dramatically streamline your thinking and clarity. You will be amazed at how quickly and efficiently you will be able to make decisions that may have overwhelmed you before.
- Define the problem clearly
Define the problem that the decision will solve in one short sentence. For example, “My house is too cluttered.” In this case, the decision will be to choose a storage option that will best solve the problem of mess and clutter.
- Define your priorities
Continuing with the previous example, although the problem is a cluttered house, the priority may actually be different. It may be a limited budget; a specific room you want to start with or a timeframe within which you want to solve the problem. The second step is therefore, to define your top priority. For example, the problem is a cluttered house and your priority is not to spend more than X amount to solve it.
- Collect information
Do your due diligence by researching various storage options, prices, delivery dates of you are ordering online and so on. If you decide to build extra storage space in your home, you will need to get several quotes and delivery times so that you can compare. Just remember don’t overwhelm yourself with too many details or collects a massive amount of information that will confuse you. Just do so basic research and weigh the options that fit both your problem and your priority.
- Narrow down the options
Narrow down all the information you have collected into two or three options that you can weigh up, then choose the best one.
- Consider the outcomes
When you have narrowed down your options, consider the outcome of each option and choose the option that gives the best outcome/ outcomes. In many cases, options may have more or less the same outcome, in which case, choosing one randomly is sometimes the easiest way to go.
- Measure the outcome
Once the decision is made and implemented, it’s crucial to measure the final outcome and whether it fulfilled the desired expectations. This is essential for building a good “decision map” of experience to refer to when making similar decisions in the future. The scientific term for this is “pattern recognition.
These simple steps make all the difference between just making a decision and making the best possible decision based on what you have to work with. They will enable you to quickly get down to the core reason behind the decision, identify your priorities, weigh all the options and also measure the outcome.
But the one thing you will love when you try these steps is how smooth, stress-free and simple decision-making can be.