7 Tips to Making Smart Decisions
Digested from “How Successful People Make Smart Decisions”
Forbes (10/7/15) Bradberry, Travis
People make around 70 decisions a day. These tips can help you manage most of the choices you must make, such as prioritizing larger issues and asking for help when appropriate.
- Simplify your wardrobe. It sounds silly, but selecting what to wear is one less decision you have to make.
- Set aside mornings for major decision-making. Avoid distractions when facing complicated or arduous tasks by tackling them first and keeping simple choices for later in the day.
- Establish standard criteria. This will help you weigh your decisions more objectively. Pay attention to your emotions, as well; they can affect how you handle a situation.
- Take your time — but not too much time. You don’t want to rush into decisions, but too much analysis also can be a downfall. Collect as much information as you can right away, and set a deadline by which to decide.
- Exercise. Take 30 minutes out of your day to recharge and regain mental clarity, and prevent stress-based cortisol from taking over your selection process.
- Ask for opinions. Solicit another perspective to make sure you’re not making a biased decision.
- Trust your gut. Your moral code is one of your best guides, even in the face of conflicting emotions.