Today’s post will showcase tips to help you make decisions faster, derived from an article from the August issue of Psychology Today. We spend significant amounts of our lives trying to make up our minds. Some of us are more decisive, while some are indecisive and take a great deal of time deliberating on one decision. Here are some conunterintuitive tricks which will help you reach wiser conclusions:
1. Trust Yourself
Making up your mind collaboratively with a friend of spouse might seem like the best way to cosnider more perspectives, but the opposite is true: Joint decision-making makes people more likely to reject outside information. Individuals tend to consider input from others more carefully than pairs do, leading to better decision making overall
2. Decide in Another Language
Do you find yourself making decisions based on emotion instead of logic? Try thinking in a non-native tongue, which researchers suggest might facilitate emotional distance.
3. Don’t Overthink
Stop staring at the 43 varieties of peanut butter: It doesn’t matter that much which one you choose. When a decision feels difficult, we often mistakenly perceive it as important. Before letting a trivial decision paralyze you, assess the potential impact of your conclusion.
4. Stop Rationalizing
When we make a poor decision, we often invent convincing justifications after the fact, leading us to think we’ve chosen wisely. To avoid misplaced confidence, try revisiting a problem without thinking of your initial decision as inevitable.