Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

“Make sure what you do is a product of your own conclusions.” (pulled from a TTN tutorial)

Your boss or team lead is responsible for making all the decisions.  Ok, short post today.  But maybe not, so please keep reading especially if you have any thoughts about moving up.  You need to be able to show a willingness to make decisions.

The average adult makes well over 100 decisions each day, not all of them are made consciously because habit and avoidance or procrastination are decision types too.  You start your decisions for the day with the choice of how you respond to the alarm and go from there.

Think about how you perform on a busy day when many different things are thrown at you – do you carefully consider each new request, or does your brain get more and more focused on how busy you are and actually consider the activities you are undertaking less and less?

You need to take a look at the methods and tools that you are using to make decisions and take it another step.  Each of us, whether we realize it or not has a method, but we need to evaluate that method for effectiveness – you must establish your own criteria.

Are most of your decisions intuitive or rational?  Probably somewhere in between.

“All human decisions have some emotional component.”

~Henry L. Thompson, The Stress Effect – Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions

In most busy offices these days where remaining employees cover activities previously addressed by multiple people, it isn’t just how best to resolve the issues that are brought to us, but how to prioritize the tasks involved in coming to these resolutions.  Sometimes issues that we must address are in direct conflict with other tasks that you or your department must complete.  How are you currently dealing with these situations?

How do you make sure that you aren’t falling into a rut?

Decision making traps:

Haste – not envisioning the end result

Avoidance or procrastination (fear)

Habit – getting in a rut, narrowing your focus, using a set process to arrive at a conclusion

Indecisiveness or not committing to a choice


Is the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland running around in your head chanting “I’m late, I’m late”?  Make him stop; he is not helping you to make sound decisions.  Breathe; think about your intent, or your company’s intent or your customer’s intent and then decide.  It might take you longer right now, but it will save you from having to fix or explain something later.


“Procrastination is a self-saboteur (in other words, it’s definitely you) that is closely related to perfectionism.  It involves stalling on starting or finishing something out of anxiety rather than logic.”

~ Julie Morgenstern – from Never Check E-mail in the Morning

Overcome procrastination by identifying the cause:

The task is too big

Performance anxiety – fear of making a decision

Fear of what comes next

I/we work better under pressure


Habit is your friend when you are going through your morning routine (assuming of course that you are the kind of person who is on-time to places like work), but can be the opposite when it comes to decision making.

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

~Galileo Galilei

Be aware of your triggers for good decisions and for the bad ones.


Flip a coin, eenie-meanie-miney-moe, rock-paper-scissors all decide for you when you can’t narrow down your own choices.  The high level of chance, not to mention the school-yard aspect make these questionable methods.

“Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.”

~George Canning

Figure out what is keeping you from narrowing down your choices and face it.  Making a decision is actually a stress reducer in comparison to flipping between choices.

Now, I hope you are pleased with your decision to read this post.

© 2012 Practical Business | Reasonable Expectations


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