Your days are filled with a lot of decisions. A study from Columbia University found that we’re stuck at least a good 70 decisions a day.
Some decisions are minor, such as what to eat in lunch or dinner, which route should you choose to drive to work or in what order to tackle and complete the tasks. But Others are more difficult, such as making decision between two job offers, decide to move to a new city for someone you love or decide to cut a toxic person out of your life.
As so many decisions taking up each day,we need to learn how to prioritise and make them effectively is very important to your success and happiness.
Although there are many successful strategies people use for effective decision-making, The follows are the cream of the crop.
1. They Take Small Decisions As Routines
Decision-making works just like a muscle: As you use it over the whole day, it gets too exhausted to perform its function effectively.
One of the best strategies successful people use to do around their decision fatigue is to turn smaller decisions into routines. They Do so to frees up mental resources for more complex decisions.
2. They Take Big Decisions In The Morning
Another great way to kill decision fatigue is to leave small decisions aside for later (when decision fatigue is high) and to take difficult decisions in the morning, when you are in fresh mind .
When you’re facing a row of important decisions, a great trick is to get up early morning and work on your most difficult tasks before you deal with a bunch of distracting minor decisions (phones ringings, emails etc).
Another strategy is to do some of the smaller things in the night before to get a head start next day. For instance, lay out your outfit at night so that you don’t think about it any more when you wake up.
3. They Keep An Eye On Their Emotions
An old saying is: “Don’t make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions,” and its definitely true. Successful people know and understand their emotions (including their intensity and impact on behaviour) so that they could be able to look at decisions as objectively and rationally as possible.
Unfortunately, most people aren’t so good at handling or even recognising their emotions.
Talent Smart has tested more than a million people and he found that only 36 percent of people are able to accurately identify their emotions as they happen.
Strong decision-makers, on the other hand, understand that a bad mood can make them lash out or stray from their moral compass so easily as a good mood can make them overconfident and impulsive.
4. They Assess Their Opinions Objectively
When really stuck in a decision, successful people evaluate their options against a predetermined set of criteria because they know this makes decision-making easier and more effective.
Here are some helpful criteria for decision making:
How can this decision be beneficial for me?
How can it hurt me?
How does this work ___?
How would it hurt ___?
Would I regret over this decision?
Would I regret not taking this decision?
Does this decision shows my values?
5. They Postpone Some Decisions
Sleeping on your decision ensures you are clear in your thought when you approach it the next day. It also allows some time for your emotions to run their flow.
When you act too quickly, you wait to react, but when you focus and give time to your decision, you expose important facts of it that you didn’t see before.
6. They Don’t Wait Too Long
Successful people believe in the importance of gathering as much information as they can, but at the same time, they make sure not to fall prey to analysis paralysis.
Instead of waiting for the stars to align, successful people consider that they need to have a timetable to follow in achieving their decision.
Once they set that date, they work hard to do their homework and some soul-searching to meet that deadline.
7. They Recharge Themselves By Exercising
The stress of a major decision naturally produces cortisol, the chemical that triggers the fight-or-flight response in your body. Cortisol block your ability to think clearly and rationally.
When you find yourself stressing about a decision, do some exercise. even just 30 minutes is all it takes to get a good endorphin-fuelled buzz to return to mental clarity.
Research shows that long-term exercise improves the overall functioning of the brain functions responsible for decision-making.
8. They Always Stick To Their Moral Compass
Successful people know the importance of their morals when making an important decision.
Morals serve as trusted guide lines when your emotions try to pull you in a different direction.
9. They Seek Outside Opinions
When approaching a decision, we have a natural tendency to pick an alternative choice of opinions and then gather information to support that decision, instead of gathering too much information and then choosing a side (this is confirmation bias).
A great way to beat confirmation bias is to seek outside counsel and advice from people who bring different perspectives to your situation. Their perspectives help you weigh your options more objectively and stain on your subjective or irrational tendencies.
10. They Bend Back On Previous Decisions
Mark Twain described the complicated nature of decision-making, he says: “Good decisions come from experience, but experience comes from making bad decisions.”
This isn’t to say that the only way to become a great decision-maker is to make lot of mistakes; it just means that it’s important to keep past decisions in front of your mind while taking any decision.
Successful people are aware enough of their past decisions to use them for benefit when some similar situation comes up.