Decision making, infact making multiple decisions on a regular basis is something we are all doing. Day in and day out. Either for ourselves, our family and friends, our community or this planet at large. You get the point.
They can be seemingly small like what color top should I pick to match my pants (I usually spend a good 5 mins on this one) or what kind of haircut should I get? Or they can be “more important decisions” like whether to continue living in a small town or move to a larger city to staying in your job or starting a business or private schooling versus public.
Making the decision to stick with your decision or to Pivot is one of the hardest one to make.
Recently I could see more and more how my own decision making has evolved. I took some time to reflect on my own life and the planning or the randomness that went into my own decision making right from leaving my parents’ home for further studies till date.
Here is a summary of what I have learnt along the way.
One common underlying theme I noticed is that there are so many aspects why certain decisions are made. They range from practical, emotional from the heart, values/ principle based, starting out to information overload decisions, impulsive or well thought out ones, based on trust/ gut instinct to weather my decision will even matter or not.
Another point that stands out is that making decisions uses your brain power and is tiring. Giving our mind that rest to recuperate makes a big difference and preserving energy for important decisions only makes sense.
Taking a step back and looking at the same thing widens the perspective and has helped me make decisions with a certain amount of detachment and ends up for a much greater good than otherwise.
My relatively recent love for Goal Setting …Life goals, Work goals, Personal goals and Spiritual goals with their Purpose is a Key First step. This helps keep the Big Picture Clarity so I can Focus on the Right Next Step. It makes prioritizing and decision making easier and easier.
Now we can avail of all the tools available to help with our decision making.
Mark Zuckerberg famously wears the same clothes every morning just so he can save that much brain power to be used for more far reaching decisions he has to make. I love that.
Streamlining daily processes like meal planning, automating recurring tasks by putting them on the calendar, seeking experienced advice and keeping a learning and growth mindset go a long way in helping you make decisions.
The fact that such topics interest you is the very first sign you are well on your way to becoming Savvy and getting a good nights sleep! Would love to know what Aha moments this post has generated for you?