How to Become a Better Decision Maker

Life is filled with choices. Some are easy, such as what to have for lunch, and others, more challenging like choosing a career. Regardless of how important the decision is, good decision making skills always come in handy. It helps you take quick and sound decisions when you are in a time crunch. Not being able to reach a certain decision can impact your mood and in the long run, can make you depend on others.

Why is decision-making so fretting?

In today’s day and age, there are a plethora of choices available in every area of life ranging from careers, household commodities, wireless plans!

And that leaves us overwhelmed. People don’t really know what they want. Even when they reach a decision, they tend to second guess it when presented with a variety of substitutes.

Narrow things down.

You must know why you want to buy a particular product and list the various factors that will influence your decision.

Decision makers can be classified into Maximizers and Satisficers.

Maximizers are people who look at every possible choice available to reach a decision. They want to determine the strongest contender. A satisficer, on the other hand, is satisfied with “good enough.” This helps them to not brood over each and every single detail about the product, which keeps them way happier and much more satisfied than the maximizers.

Let us see how one can go about choosing a restaurant.

Narrow down your choices based on factors that are important to you for a hearty meal. What cuisine do I want to have? What is my price range? How far it is from my place of living? Do not go for more than six restaurants. Check which place fits your criteria the best and pick that up. If there are more than one restaurant, choose the first one. Don’t think too much about it. Forget about finding “the best”- that is paralyzing.

Do you wish to transition from being a maximizer to a satisficer?

Practice makes people perfect! You may have trouble choosing a “good enough” option when you are naturally a maximizer. But keep in mind the time, patience and moments you miss just because you are not able to arrive at a decision. Realize that there may not be one right answer at times. For example, a person can grow into a job even if it’s different from their qualifications. It’s up to the individual to tailor the career to fit them.

Why does taking a big decision feels harder?

Because these decisions can have a lasting impact on your life, they seem harder to take. You require more time to think about them.

Creating a list of pros and cons works if you assign weight to each pro and con. You end up listing all factors, which ultimately helps you focus on what you want.

What is decision fatigue?

If you are a person who calls the shots at work and when you get home your spouse wants to know about weekend plans, you are going to feel tired of making one more decision. In such a case, you would want to pass making that decision. Decision fatigue also tends to sap self-control. It is hard to resist cake if you have been making a lot of decisions throughout the day. On days when you don’t have to make plenty of decisions, you feel light and have the energy to say no.

When should you make decisions?

In the morning, when you are fresh, well fed and had a good night’s sleep.  

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