How to Make Effective Decisions
Decisions… Decisions… Decisions can be swift or long-drawn. No matter how long it takes you to reach one, just make sure you try to make effective ones.
- No magic 8-balls
Don’t ask others to decide for you. Effective decision making involves introspection. Besides, it’s always best to take responsibility for whatever you do.
- Settle for no less than the facts
Sometimes personal biases and emotions may cloud your decisions. So get the facts straight. Look for possibly distorted ones and weed them out.
- Split the pros and cons
Decisions will definitely have effects on things. It’s the spark that’d cause a chain reaction. So before you make one, be sure to know what may be the consequences of your action. Though you can only see as far
- Be calm
If making a decision as a group, avoid hostilities. Clear thinking and not heated arguments is one of the best weapons in making a decision.
- Persuade not argue
It’s better to come up with a decision with everyone on the same footing. So it’s much better to persuade people in seeing your point of view instead of simply debunking everyone else’s opinion.
- If in doubt, don’t decide
Take a break. Watch a movie. Sleep. Just don’t do anything if you still don’t know what to do.
Try to run things through your head. Process things like a computer where you have and input, a process, then an output which translate to decision, a reaction, and then a result. If it helps, make a story out of it to help you visualize.
- Stick to what you believe
Never compromise your ideals. Stand up for what you truly believe in especially if other would like to blackmail you emotionally or mentally.
Write things down
Seeing things in plain black and white helps you weed out things that needlessly affect your decision.
May 3, 2007 Thursday at 6:07 am