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how to make decisions easily?

a simple formula for quickly and easily making good decisions....

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robotguy48 years ago
Coin toss. Oh, you mean GOOD decisions... Well then... I have a few ways, but I can't decide which to write down...
Actually, the coin toss or "einey-meenie-minnie-moe" way could work if you are a kid. For some reason, it seems that children will do einey-meenie-minnie-moe and then if it doesn't come up with a desirable end will choose on their own! I used to do this. Worked pretty well, even though the first thing you say "einey" to is what you should land on (if you are choosing between two things).
seamster8 years ago
Here's my two cents. As far as decision-making is concerned, sometimes you just can't decide between various options that, while different, appear to be equally acceptable to you. You want to make the best decision, but you don't have enough information to clearly see which one is better than the other. In those cases, I've learned that you just HAVE to pick one--some random way or another. In order to know if the decision you've made is right or wrong, you've got to do a couple of things. First, whatever decision you've chosen, you've got to fully commit to it and begin to move forward with it wholeheartedly. This is actually the easy part. The second part is the key, but it is much more difficult. Once you've made up your mind and are going ahead with a decision, you've got to really pay attention to your gut. If you ever get a sudden (or mounting) sense of wariness or uneasiness, then you might want to back out if it isn't too late. On the other had, if things begin (or continue) to feel good and okay, then you're probably on the right track (or at least one that's okay to be on). I know this makes it sound black and white, even though decision-making can be a very grey area. With many things there probably really isn't a right or wrong decision--all options are acceptable and it's only a matter of personal preference. Other decisions, though, are more crucial and potentially life-altering, and those are the ones where it pays to follow your gut feeling. I've had this happen many times, where I've made a decision and started on the path to carrying it out, and just as I'm about to sign a paper, climb a ladder, get in a car to go somewhere, etc., I just get an uneasy feeling. Sometimes I've wisely paid attention and backed out, and many other times I have not. Based on my experience, if you can't see as far ahead as you'd like, sometimes you just have choose a path, begin to go down it, and then follow your instincts. Once I understood this, I stopped fretting over the small things, knowing that I could trust my gut when it really mattered. Hope this helps. Good luck!
Rockerx8 years ago
1.Identify the situation: Is it dire or is it not too important? 2.Think of all the possible solutions 3.Weigh the pros and cons of said solutions 4.If one is best pick it, if two or more are about equal flip a coin or have someone else choose for you. At least this is what I use.
This is how most people should make decisions - only problems is emotion and impulse apply a lot of weight to certain pros and cons...
Phil B8 years ago
You will make some bad decisions on your way to learning to make good decisions, and even then, not all of the good decisions will prove to be good decisions. Part of it is gathering all of the information you can. List as many possible solutions as you can. Weigh the benefits and risks of each and do your best. Some good decisions will also include some undesirable consequences for someone. If it is a simple decision, like to cancel a magazine subscription or not, I wait about three weeks. After that time I usually know which way I should decide.
lemonie8 years ago
Flip a coin. Think of the first thing - heads, then the second thing that comes into your head - tails. Stick to this rule - flip it and go with the filp. Don't think about anything else - that is the easy part. L
paganwonder8 years ago
Make a list of the costs and benefits of each possibility- then do the math. Of course, most choices involve significant unknowns (variables of unknown magnitude) so eventually you have to take a gamble on which you choose. Unfortunately, the toughest decisions involve the highest stakes with the most uncertainties- best of luck.
If you suffer from this problem, your solution may be found here.

However, if you are unhappy with your usual rules of thumb or find that they are misleading you, you might want to try another method using a calculator. Do not try to use the formula without first understanding it thoroughly, or you will be worse off than if you had just guessed.

If you do calculate the statistics properly, the problem then becomes convincing other people who may be either too afraid or not afraid enough.