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Decide as much as you can in advance

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.

There are all sorts of situations when, in the heat of the moment, you might make a decision you later regret. Pre-committing to a plan can prevent you from giving into those urges that could be bad.

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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.

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

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.

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