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Don’t dwell on small choices

Don’t dwell on small choices

While it’s worth taking time to settle larger decisions, don’t expend too much time and energy on the small stuff.

And don’t stress about the quality of your decision-making on these small choices either. Although the term decision fatigue — i.e., the more decisions you make during the day, the more likely you are to make bad ones — is buzzworthy, research doesn’t support its supposed effects. Having to make 10 choices a day versus two choices doesn’t mean your 10th choice will be worse. There’s no evidence of that.

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Much of this decision-making is difficult. Weighing options is especially hard due to certain biases that can lead you astray.

Don’t make a major decision in a vacuum. Get a handful of opinions — ideally from people with prior experience in the topic at hand.

Without clear objectives for what you want to achieve with a decision, you might focus on the wrong things.

Emotions get a bad rap for negatively influencing decision-making. However, it’s impossible to divorce emotions from logic. The key is to understand how emotions are impacting your choices.

Don’t think of decisions just as protective measures meant to prevent you from making your life worse. You can make choices that make a good situation even better.

What you really want is not that simple. It’s based on very complex and very subtle beliefs, memories.

In some instances, making a decision before you’re actually in a specific scenario can help you avoid being swayed by outside forces, or ending up overwhelmed by the number of choices available. Going to the grocery store armed with a list can help you get everything you need...

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