Decision-Making With A Coin Toss -- It's Not What You Think

If you've taken the time to process the pros and cons of a situation but still can't make a decision productivity weblog Stepcase Lifehack recommends flipping a coin but not revealing which side is up can help you use your gut to overcome analysis paralysis.

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Designate each side of the coin for one of your two choices. Flip the coin and cover it with your hand. Now, instead of looking at the coin, think about which result you hoped would be revealed. Most people have a subconscious desire for one decision or another to be chosen and tapping into your intuition can help you overcome decisions that can't be decided by reason alone.

The Surefire Way to Make Up Your Mind When You Have No Idea What You Really Want [Stepcase Lifehack]


    My physics professor taught us something similar (many moons ago...).
    Basically he said "flip the coin, and do what it says". When someone asked "But what if I don't like the result?", the reply was "Then f... the coin - you now know exactly what you want to do".

    I have followed the approach described by Assaph for 40 years! If I am not sure of a choice to make, toss the coin. The result either confirms my indifference (in which case I accept the toss) or unmasks what I really want... I always found it helpful in exam settings too.

    and, if you like using coins, try the iching. it is slower and more meditative but can add depth to decision making. however it doesn't always make decision making easier. it is a right business approach and if you are very left brained, you may not like it.

    my comment should have read right brained, not right business!


    Whenever you're called on to make up your mind,
    and you're hampered by not having any,
    the best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find,
    is simply by spinning a penny.
    No -- not so that chance shall decide the affair
    while you're passively standing there moping;
    but the moment the penny is up in the air,
    you suddenly know what you're hoping.

    I've thought about this for years! Flip a coin to decide. If you have a feeling you should do "best out of three" you've got your answer!

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