Have you ever wondered about your decision-making skills? How well do you think you are at making decisions?

Some sources suggest that the average person makes an eye-popping 35,000 choices per day.

Not counting the 8 hours of sleep, the average person makes roughly 2,000 decisions per hour. That’s one decision every two seconds.

That’s a lot of decisions.

But how effective are you at making decisions?

And how quickly can you make them?

How to make better decisions*.

  • Figure out the stakes or importance of your decision.

  • Determine your ultimate goal when making the decision.

  • Create a set of criteria that can help you test your options.

  • Gather relevant facts, data, and information.

  • Try to minimize your personal feelings about the decision.

  • Once you’ve selected the best option, commit to that decision.

How to make faster decisions*.

  • If possible, delegate the decision to someone else.

  • Set boundaries for yourself with how much time you spend researching.

  • Professionals make the best business decisions. They use logic, data, and long-term goals.

  • Accept that mistakes may occur in your decisions. It’s quite normal.

(*-source: Indeed)

Facts About Decision-Making And Willpower

Source: John Tierney and Roy Baumeister’s book, “Willpower: The Greatest Human Strength.”

  • Make your most important decisions in the morning before you experience “ego depletion.”

  • We have a finite supply of “decision-making power”. So, the small decisions add up quickly.

  • “Once you’re mentally depleted, you’re more likely to make trade-offs.”

  • Smart people develop routines. This helps them cut stress and save energy for key decisions.

  • There’s power in deciding NOT to decide — or having others do it for you

  • The key is to plan. Don’t overload yourself with choices. And conserve your energy.

Bringing it home.

Making quick decisions will boost your productivity. You’ll spend less time dwelling and more time doing.

If you struggle with making decisions, start small.

Simple examples:

  • When someone asks you where you want to go for lunch, answer with the first place that comes to mind (even if you regret it later!).

  • Pick one fast if someone asks you if you want coffee, tea, or soda.

  • Do the same thing for movies, TV programs, and games.

The more decisions you make, the better you’ll get at making them.

No, you will not make the “right” decision every time. And that’s okay.

As your decision-making muscle grows, you’ll be able to make tough decisions faster.

You’ve got this.

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