In the middle of a decision making, do we often come up with a quick resolve or we ponder more and check if we really decided on the right thing? I often find myself in this dilemma not because I am indecisive, it's more of the fear of having to make the wrong decision and I end up getting blamed.
There are moments where my decision ability is tested especially at work. I have to think fast in terms of meeting deadlines, how I'll solve a problem, actioning things I think should be actioned accordingly and prioritizing. These and coupled with uncalled behaviour at work by some people which makes it difficult to come up with a resolution.
I have read a lot of books about decision making and have undergone training for that. No amount of decision-making know-how can be enough when you are already in that moment to decide. Will I or will I not? This or that? Yes or no? Black or white? With or without?
Below are tips to decide effectively:
1. Don't decide at the peak of your emotion. When we are angry or upset or too overwhelmed with joy, we tend to miss the goal and the objective of the matter we need to decide on. We temporarily disconnect from reality focusing on what we are feeling at the moment; thus making poor decision. Our decision is now based not on the facts at hand but on what we have felt. There is a reason why our head is over our heart. Go figure that out...
2. If you have enough time to deliberate on a matter, jot down all the pros and cons, the possible outcomes and any contingencies, all the information pertaining the matter to be decided upon to give you a head start.
3. One article I have come across in the net "Decision Making Confidence Tips"
states that we should treat ourselves as the most important on deciding things. According to the article, we should be better off as a result of the decision we make. The decision should allow us to keep our individuality and not lose ourselves in the process.
4. Take enough time to consider options when you are deciding on a matter that will not compromise your family. Try to strike a work-life balance by ensuring that the decision you will make will also be both short and long-term beneficial to your family.
5. Lastly, sometimes it pays to follow your gut-instinct. I have done this many times and somehow it has been my saving grace.