I find the topic of decisions making to be a fascinating one.
In the past few years, I wrote about it several times and this is the post I keep returning as the ‘checklist’.
However, it’s great to have quick and simple rules that you can use.
Three rules to improve your decisions (that I ‘borrowed’ from @naval ):
If you can’t decide, the answer is no – It might be a bit tricky in cases where you don’t have a Yes/No decision. However, the idea (IMHO) is that you should have a hunch on what will be the right path and if you can’t feel it, try to base the decision on the best data you can find.
If two equally difficult paths, choose the one more painful in the short term (pain avoidance is creating an illusion of equality) – This is a clever one, as it’s pointing you in the direction of
‘Easy choices → Hard life. Hard choices → Easy life’.
I’m not sure, this rule will be valid in all cases, but even if it’s holding for 80% it’s a good one to remember.
Choose the path that leaves you calmer in the long term – Smart way to validate which is the better decision for a given challenge.
Also, it’s good to remember that
“It’s extremely hard to make good decisions in a poor environment.”
So do your best to improve the environment (e.g. company, friends) before taking important decisions.
The original tweet:
• If you can’t decide, the answer is no.
• If two equally difficult paths, choose the one more painful in the short term (pain avoidance is creating an illusion of equality).
• Choose the path that leaves you more equanimous in the long term.
Have a great weekend.