What Is The Art Of Decision Making?
Do you find yourself having a difficult time making decisions? Even the simplest decisions like what to eat, what movie or show to pick on Netflix, or what you’d like to do today can be hard to decide. Ever wonder why that is?…
There are quite a few variables that play a factor into making a choice difficult or just plain NOT FUN! Of course, there’s the obvious factors like lack of sleep, poor diet (we NEED brain food people!), or being hungry (not enough food to give our bodies fuel), but also depression can cause the brain to become foggy and make choice time unpleasant.
When we have an overwhelming amount of choices it can make decisions more challenging. The way to narrow down our astronomical amount of choices is to focus on the factors that are most important to us. If you can, try to make your decisions in the morning when you have had a good nights sleep and you feel fresh and ready to take on the day. When you wait until the end of a day to make a choice it becomes more difficult because as the day progresses you can actually get decision fatigue. Decision fatigue means just how it sounds, you are incapable of making anymore choices because you have made too many decisions thus far and your mind needs a break. Decision fatigue also impairs our self-control, so when you feel this way, sit somewhere comfortable and relax/unwind a little then proceed on to your next task.
Maximizers VS Satisfiers
I read an article by Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College and author of The Paradox Of Choice, and he pointed out there are two types of decision makers in the world. Which do you think you fall under?… let’s see… there’s the ‘Maximizers‘ and the ‘Satisfiers.’ The Maximizers are the people the look at every possible choice to determine the strongest contender. The satisfiers go with what’s good enough (this doesn’t mean settling folks! the most important requirements you have should still be fulfilled). Through his research he found that the satisfiers are happier with their choices and they have more free time since they are not laboring over all the choices available. They are not looking for the perfect result out of the long list of choices, just a result that meets their needs.
How can a maximizer become more like a satisfier?… Just like everything else, PRACTICE! Practice makes permanent. Maximizers have to realize that sometimes there’s no right answer. They should make a choice based on their needs, not what’s BEST, and when they do make a decision to focus solely on that decision and not over think it (otherwise the maximizer will never give themselves a chance to be satisfied with any one decision they make). On BIG decisions like careers, where to live, etc… sometimes making a pro and con list can help sort out what consequences he or she is willing to take on. Sleeping on a major decision helps your intuition process the choices and can help you make a satisfying choice. Our gut/intuition knows more about what you care about than your mind, make sure you balance them out. (mind and intuition).
Good Luck on all you decision-making skills, and remember the art of decision-making is to be a satisfier ‘it’s good enough!