Quote: “96% of organizing is decision-making” from Deborah Kawshima.
Oh, my, goodness…no wonder I have trouble with this! Managing time is about organizing activities. Problem solving is decision making and decision making is problem solving. Problems are projects.
“Everything on your desk that’s not moving is a failure to make a decision.” -John White.
Decision Making Simplified
1. Define the problem
2. Gather information, ask experts
3. Generate options
4. Evaluate options, choose one and make a plan
5. Implement the plan and evaluate success
- Every decision involves risk. What’s the worst that could happen?
- Determine the importance of factors that will affect the decision
- Realize you may not be able to obtain all the facts
- Listen to your gut feelings
- Ask others for their opinions
- Take a break to look for fresh perspectives
- Try it out with the option of changing your mind
- Decide to postpone a decision if there’s no time pressure
- Take your time with big decisions
- Learn from mistakes
- low-tech: dartboard, coin toss
- more involved: select criteria and assign weights based on importance. How to Prioritize by Steve Pavlina, and A Self-Made Billionaire Uses This Easy Trick for Decisions at Time.com
Life With Confidence Quotes: “Every decision you make…is not a decision about what to do. It’s a decision about Who You Are.” -Neale Donald Walsch