• James Walton

3 Questions for Making Better Decisions

There's much we cannot control, but we can always control our decisions.

Here's three quick tips to making slightly better decisions:

  1. Is this decision consistent with my values and long-term goals? Put another way, does this help me become more like who I aspire to be? Of course, it presupposes you have values and long-term goals, so if you don't, decide to take some time to articulate them. You'll find that one of their functions is to clarify what you should not be doing.

  2. What's the opportunity cost for saying yes? Opportunity cost is what we give up whenever we say yes. By definition we're saying no to everything else we could be doing during that time. Resources are finite, and the most precious resource we have is time. Be keenly aware whenever you commit your time, you're not going to get it back.

  3. What's the worst that could happen? Don't fall victim to analysis paralysis for fairly insignificant outcomes. Most mistakes are recoverable. Know which ones aren't and take your damn sweet time before making a decision. Otherwise, act decisively and be willing to pivot quickly if you're wrong.

BONUS: I've mentioned before the value of keeping an issue log where you track decisions that resulted in outcomes you didn't intend. It's still a useful tool and commend it to your practice.

What questions do you ask before making an important decision?


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