Resolved: Make Better Decisions In 2011

Resolved: Make Better Decisions In 2011

Looking back on your choices last year, you may have made some good decisions and some bad ones. As you take on 2011, here are our favourite methods to aid in better decision making.

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Use Both Emotion And Logic

fear can be used to help us understand when something might be a bad idea

Schedule Your Important Decisions

set aside some decision-making time

When You Ask For Advice, Avoid Your Own Bias

youconfirmation bias

When you ask for advice, try to avoid your own bias. For example, if you’re having trouble deciding who to hire for a particular job, be careful what you say when you ask a coworker for their opinion. Avoid describing the person yourself because your bias may colour the information you give. Instead, give your coworker the same information you have (or as much of it as you can). If that’s a little much, you can ask simple questions instead, such as “do you think this job would be better suited for an introverted or extroverted person?” These sorts of questions can help you confirm if what you think is the best way to go.

Any Decision Is Better Than No Decision

we’re much happier when we decide regardless of the outcome

Got any great tips for making better decisions? Let’s hear ’em in the comments!

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