How To Make Quicker And Better Decisions

How To Make Quicker And Better Decisions

How To Make Quicker And Better Decisions

Being a good decision-maker is a sought-after skill. Our lives are defined by our ability to make decisions.

Our careers, relationships, health—anything and everything about our present selves—boils down to the decisions we have made.

It can often be the difference between a promotion or a pink slip.

In today’s uncertain times this skill lets you stand out on the team with quicker and better decisions.

And being able to make those decisions in a timely manner and feeling confident about your decision-making skills could save you a lot of time and hassle.

So, how do you become more accurate and effective at making decisions when it counts?


What Are You Trying To Accomplish?

Know the objective of the decision and know what you are trying to achieve.

Ask yourself: “What are we really trying to do here?

You have to have a goal in mind.

Not just any goal: you need a clear, concrete, and specific goal.

When you’re in a situation that requires a heat-of-the-moment decision, already having a clear-cut goal in mind will make that decision much easier on you.

Write it out and brainstorm a little.  If you’re working with someone else, discuss what you’re trying to achieve.

Is it your role to solve this problem? Do you have the tools needed?

Give Yourself a Time Frame

If it’s a small decision, 30 seconds is the maximum amount of time you should dwell on it.

Here are some examples of small decisions:

What should I wear? Should I order from this website or that website? Should I go out or stay in tonight?

These types of decisions are not that important. You probably won’t even remember making them the next day.

For more important decisions, like maybe a medium decision, give yourself 30 minutes to an hour.

This might be making a pros and cons list.  This will help you see the options and rational aspects of it.

But ultimately, you’ll want to go with your gut feeling. Pay attention to how you are feeling as you work on that pros and cons list.

Big decisions will take more time.

And this is where you’ll need to go into more detail before making the decision.

Seek Out Wisdom And Knowledge

Seek out wise counsel. Really.

If you are surrounded by more experienced professionals who have done what you are about to do, ask questions, and inform yourself.

Do whatever research you need to do to understand the situation or how to handle it.

Don’t let pride or proving that you have it “all under control” blind you to great resources all around you.

Your Decision Does Not Have To Be Perfect

When it comes to making decisions, the perfect solution hardly ever exists.

But that doesn’t stop a lot of people from an endless and unrealistic pursuit of the perfect decision.

Sure, it’s important to be careful and lay out the alternatives.

But obsessing over a decision can take a heavy toll on your time and emotional energy.

So don’t overthink – just get started.

Make a plan. An imperfect, real plan.

Start doing the work that is deciding and solving.

Take note of the effects and response to your action. This way you can adjust if needed.

Adjust Early

Be humble – make the adjustment early if needed.

Know that you almost always are going to need to make adjustments.

Nothing ever goes perfectly the way you imagine.

If you make a mistake, admit it and move on.

Make adjustments and keep moving forward.

Don’t run the train off the track because you are not willing to admit that you made a mistake.

All of life is a series of course corrections.

When you know better, you do better.

You’ll accomplish so much more by being willing to admit your mistakes, adjust your course, and continue on rather than letting your own ego and pride knock you out.

Control What You Can Control

It is important when making decisions to know what you truly have power over.

If it’s not your decision to make, stay out of it.

And this goes with the stress in your life as well.

Only focus on what you have the ability to decide on.

This means staying focused and being able to take action without becoming overwhelmed by the details.

Decision-making does not have to be a tedious and stressful process.

With the right attitude, planning, and strategy you can become a faster, more efficient, and competent decision-maker.

This is a great tool to have in your toolbox for the corporate world and for everyday life.

Now I’d Love To Hear From You

Are you good at decision-making?

What kinds of things help you to make better decisions?

Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.

I would love to hear your stories.

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