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How hard can it be to make decisions? Plenty. Because different choices can have so many components, here are five strategies to help you capture the hidden thinking behind your decision
Tossing a coin can help you make decisions faster
Like many folks, I often find it hard to choose. My dilemma can be as simple as what to have for breakfast, or as momentous as whether to move. Other people complicate my decision-making even further. If I have to pick one friend to go on that trip I won, say, I risk conveying to the other – however inadvertently – that she’s not quite so cherished.
A wise woman once told me that when you can’t decide, it’s because you don’t have enough information, and the answer is to postpone the decision until you know. But as you may know to your cost, it’s precisely when you don’t have the luxury of time to weigh your decision that choices become most fraught.
With 24 hours to accept or reject that job offer, two alternative date proposals to choose between by tonight, or an impatient toddler pulling you down the cereal aisle, you need to make your mind up and make it up now. Here, some strategies I’ve used.
Whatever method you choose to try to spur your decision, try not to beat yourself up for being indecisive. In The Paradox of Choice, author Barry Schwartz (read an interview with him here) convincingly demonstrates how having more choices – from soft puffy Oreos to chocolate crème, Double Stuf to cookie straws – can actually paralyze us.
See? It’s not your fault. Now get out there and toss that coin.