среда, 3 декабря 2014 г.

How to make tough decisions - How To Make A Big Decision Without Regret

The decision making process is never easy. Thankfully, you can run through certain exercises that help you through the decision making process. These tips helped me make the choice of where and when I wanted to go.

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Pretend Like You're Advising a Friend
Four Tricks to Help You Make Any Difficult Decision
Big decisions can wreak havoc on your emotions, and that clouds your mind so that you can't make a solid decision. You can always seek out advice from a friend as well, but this way you can do so on the fly without the need for a long phone call.
Limit the Amount of Information You Take In

Four Tricks to Help You Make Any Difficult Decision

It's a pretty common idea that the more information you have, the better decisions you can make. Regardless, when you have too much information on the table, you're making the decision process way more difficult.
In my own case, I certainly reached that point of information overload where I had too many facts and opinions in front of me. Most decisions we make don't matter as much as we think they do, and recognizing that helps keep the amount of information you take in to a minimum.

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Empower Your Inner Contrarian and Reverse Your Assumptions
I already mentioned the benefit of thinking outside yourself a little and pretending like you're offering advice, but it's also worth going even further and challenging your core assumptions. The idea here is to confront your default behavior, step outside your comfort zone, and use your imagination to test some completely new ideas.

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The suggestion here is simple: if you're making a decision between a few different options, throw in a new option that is essentially the exact opposite of what you'd normally do. This forced my brain to challenge my assumptions about what mattered about the city I chose, what I was really looking for, and what details really mattered.
It might sound like you're just going to confuse yourself by adding in options that don't matter, but in certain cases—especially something like a move or even a career change—it's about thinking outside your comfort zone in order to make a better decision. You still might not go with that choice, but it can help you decide what you really want in a decision.

Four Tricks to Help You Make Any Difficult Decision

A lot of people love to make charts, and if that sounds like you, then you know a spreadsheet is one of the best ways to help make a better decision. Likewise, if it's a shopping choice, this spreadsheet will help make your choice easier.

Make Better Quality Decisions with the Help of This Spreadsheet
The best way to tackle a problem—whether it's something big like what car to buy or as small…

You can make a spreadsheet as simple or as complicated as you like. It doesn't matter how you do it, decisions tax your brain and your willpower, but hopefully you can make it a bit easier on yourself so you won't regret too much in the end.
Our lives are filled with one decision after another. When all was settled you likely thought, “That wasn’t so bad.” This myopia is accompanied by misplaced confidence in our own predicative abilities, so that our instinct is to rely on our own forecasts rather than finding out how the same experience affected others, especially when it comes to life’s big decisions.
If you want to know how you’ll feel if you take a given path, research suggests you should acknowledge your own biases and find out how a friend or neighbor felt after they made the same decision that you are considering. Research suggests this can be especially advantageous if you have relevant expertise and you’re attempting to make an accurate prediction about the future – which book cover design is likely to be most effective, say, or which candidate will be most suitable for your team.
This idea of “not thinking” about a problem is based on psychologist Ap Dijksterhuis’ Unconscious Thought Theory. In one relevant study he showed that people with soccer expertise made more accurate predictions about upcoming results in a Dutch league if they distracted themselves for two minutes before making their judgment calls.

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