Do you have trouble making a decision? Do you feel like you have to carefully weigh every single option in order to get the right outcome? Does making a choice sometimes give you anxiety? You aren’t alone. Decision-making can be difficult and stressful, especially when you have to make choices in a hurry. Thankfully, you can train yourself to make good decisions faster.
Some decisions are simple, and the implications are not that significant. Other decisions have the potential to alter the trajectory of your career or entire life, and those deserve careful and thoughtful consideration. If fast-paced decision-making skills are an important part of your job, the following may be helpful for you:
• Determine whether it’s a major or minor decision. Major decisions get more time, while simple ones just need a definitive answer. Limit the time and energy you give minor decisions, saving yourself for more important choices.
• Stop worrying about what others think of your choices. Not everyone is going to like your decisions, and that’s okay. That doesn’t mean that you made the wrong choice. Move forward confidently, and don’t sweat the opinions of others.
• Think long-term. Will this decision matter tomorrow? If not, just decide and move on. If it can have a longer and more significant impact on your life, set aside the time to think though it carefully.
Stop agonizing over every decision you have to make. Trust your skills, knowledge and experience to make good decisions quickly. Train yourself to go with your instinct. Save your worrying for bigger choices that deserve more of your time. Worrying about every choice you have to make can lead to more stress and less productivity.
You make choices all the time, both in your personal life and at work. Confidence in yourself and your decisions will make you a better employee, boss and well-rounded individual. Start training yourself to approach any decisions with clarity, rationality and self-assurance.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC