The best way to tackle a problem -- whether it's something big like what car to buy or as small as where to eat out -- is to evaluate the possible solutions. This Excel spreadsheet helps weigh all your options and find the best choice.
To use the decision-making tool, enter up to five values or qualities you consider important about the decision in question and then rank them. In the example provided, when looking for a vacation spot, you might want to go somewhere warm, relaxing, inexpensive, and nearby. Then list the possible options and score them against each quality. The spreadsheet will automatically calculate a final tally and show you the most desirable choice.
Whether or not you geek out like I do over charts and pros and cons lists, this tool from Idea Sandbox might help make tough decisions a little bit easier.