Decision-making is an activity we human beings do every day. In fact, almost every minute we make small decisions that we don’t even notice like whether to open the fridge or not, to wake up early or to stay in bed, or to work or rest. Some decisions are easy, but if the decision you have to make will affect many people, then that makes the burden heavier and the decision harder to make. Having good decision-making skills is not a talent; it is something that you can develop with practice and with the following tips:
1. Understand your options.
When you have to make a decision, it implies that you have several options before you and you have to choose which to follow. This may seem like stating the obvious, but many people actually make bad decisions because they have not fully understood the options available. They choose whatever the obvious choice seems without checking all the other possible options.
2. Look through all pros and cons.
Now that you have identified what your options are, it is time to make a list of the pros and cons of each option. A clear comparison of all your options will help you arrive at the best decision.
3. Take your time.
As much as possible, do not rush your decisions. Also, don’t make decisions when you feel strong emotions like joy, excitement, or anger. The bigger the decision you have to make, the longer it should take for you to make it. Fast and reckless decision-making often leads to bad results.
4. Check your goals.
When making a decision that concerns your career or your personal life, see if your choices are aligned with your goals. Write down your goals if you haven’t yet and make a decision that will bring you closer to these.
5. Consult an expert.
Consult an expert or someone who is experienced in the field to help you come up with the right decision. An expert will help you better navigate through your options and make you see risks and opportunities that you may not be able to quickly identify especially if you don’t have the knowledge or the experience on the subject.
Watch this TED Talk on how to make better decisions: