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3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions

https://hbr.org/2015/11/3-timeless-rules-for-making-tough-decisions

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3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions
I perused the restaurant menu for several minutes, struggling with indecision, each item tempting me in a different way. Maybe I should order them all . . . Is this a silly decision not deserving deliberation? Maybe. But I bet you've been there. If not about food, then about something else.

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Use Habits to reduce decision fatigue

By building a habit, you avoid the decision entirely and you can save your decision making energy for other important things.

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Use if/then thinking

For example, if someone constantly interrupts you, the rule might be: if the person interrupts me 2 times in a conversation, then I will say something. This technique can help streamline many typical, routine choices we face in our lives.

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Save time by not deliberating pointlessly

If the issues on the table have been reasonably vetted, the choices are equally attractive, and there is still no clear answer, then admit that there is no clearly identifiable right way to go and just decide.

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Sometimes, the right decision becomes crystal clear when put into these terms.

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Do some math

You make one decision, wait, make a second decision, and then make a compromise between the two.

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Pair a good decision with a bad one

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Take things one at a time

Next time you’re faced with a problem with many possible answers, pinpoint your end goals and then come up with a solution for each.

This is likely to lead to the generation of a diverse set of options covering multiple categories of solutions.

Personal Or Core Values

They are what you consider most important in your life, literally what you “value. ” They are broad concepts that can be applied across a wide range of circumstances, as opposed to narrow answers t...

The Benefits Of Having a Core Value

  • Having a core values list helps you make better decisions. The decisions you make come more quickly and efficiently than they would without it.
  • Being unconscious of your core values makes you likely to keep repeating the same mistakes.

Creating a List Of Personal Values

The core values that are most valuable to each of us come from our own personal experience, not from being taught.

As you put them into practice you’ll get better at internalizing these values and they’ll express themselves subconsciously with smaller decisions, as well.