We all make decisions every day. A lot are small, or easy decisions, so small and seemly insignificant that we may not even realise we’re making them. Occasionally though, we also make decisions that can change our lives. What about if you could learn more to enhance how you approach decisions? You could have quite an impact on improving your choices and improving your life. Let’s take a closer look.

Decisions will often present themselves when we ask ourselves a question, for example, what to wear, eat or drink. Where to go, or when to start something, or whether you should do something, like apply for a new job or move to a new house.

Strangely, many simple decisions begin with ‘what’ or ‘where’, implying that you have to make a choice it’s just a matter of what you decide, while bigger decisions often begin with ‘whether…’, implying that consequences are more likely to be significant.

Ultimately – the type of decision usually falls into one of the following categories, based on whether it is:

  • Irreversible: Permanent actions that once taken, cannot be undone. A lot of thought and possible discussion will revolve around this kind of decision particularly if it impacts on others, like spouse, partner, family and friends, or management colleagues in the workplace, or
  • Reversible: These are not final and can be reversed or retracted at any time.

Within those categories also fall different types of processes – that is, actually how the decisions are made.

Delayed: This is where the final outcome is not made until the decision-maker, or makers, are sure that they have all the relevant information and it is the ‘right’ time. Along this process, it is possible to miss out on other options, or even the desired outcome, as it may no longer be present, but this is often employed when the decision is regarded as irreversible once made.

Quick Decisions: Maximise an immediate opportunity and are often linked with ‘fear of missing out’. They can be applied in your personal day to day life, like making a snap decision in relation to offers and sales, as well as in the workplace. The problem with this is that there is often no consideration of the long-term effect, or implications the decision can have. Of course, if this a reversible decision, then there is little to lose, but it will still not be well thought out and could cause short term issues or anxieties.

Experimental decisions: These are based on previous results and outcomes and usually follow a path whereby outcomes are ‘tested’ and proved positive by research or other people’s recommendations which you weigh up before the final decision is made.

Trial and Error: Very similar to experimental, this is trying different things to see what works for yourself, if it doesn’t, then you can try something else until you get the results you want and then can commit the decision based on positive results.

Conditional decisions: Allow you to keep with a decision while the circumstances that influenced that decision stay the same. This kind of decision making usually starts with the word ‘If…’ that way, the decision maker can plan for any number of possibilities, or conditions, and make their decision accordingly.

In summary, if you have a decision to make, first access if it is reversible or irreversible, then decide what information you need in order to make the best one.

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