What to do when you can’t make a decision

What to do when you can’t make a decision

Everyone has decisions of all kinds to make every day. From minor choices like what’s for dinner to decisions related to work and business and sometimes even life-altering decisions such as what to do when diagnosed with an illness. The problem is there’s a constant battle between reason and emotions going on. Explore these different methods so decision making becomes easier.

1. The 5-by-5 rule and its benefits

Mental systems like the 5-by-5 rule allow an individual to master decision-making skills via simple rational thought. Ask yourself: Will it matter in 5 minutes, 5 hours, or 5 years? Answering this question rationally is the first step to solving most decisions in day-to-day life. Let’s say you’re in traffic on the way to a work and realize you’ll be late. Is that thought going to linger in your mind 5 years from now? Odds are it won’t, which means it’s pretty much useless to stress over it now. Also, it’s not helping the traffic volume on any level, making it a waste of energy to even mull it over.

The smart thing to do in this situation and similar scenarios is to think about the gravity of the problem. The longer you think about it, the more maddening thoughts become, gaining control of your current emotional state. Reducing time thinking over minor decisions, such as how to get out of traffic when you can’t, can also affect your ability to cope with minor decision making, so it helps you make more important decisions. This is especially crucial with business decision making since there can be major ramifications to these choices.

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2. Understanding decisions conceptually and how the brain prioritizes them

Because of the common occurrence of rapid lifestyles, it’s easy to get lost in countless responsibilities and decision-making situations. As a result, you may not even consider risk-taking. Because the human mind needs to account for so many aspects of life, individuals need to come up with a prioritization system. Time spent on each decision is more important than the volume of decisions to make. A healthy attitude is key and can help people in pressure-inducing professions such as CEOs and small business owners, as well as those in healthcare.

3. Realize the consequences of making a decision, and more importantly, not making a decision

Time urgency, the weight of a decision, and narrowing your options are just a few factors that determine how to make a decision against all odds. In most cases, it’s always better to act instead of not acting at all, and indecisiveness may negatively affect your mental well-being. Contacting friends who’ve dealt with similar decisions and sharing personal troubles is a healthy step toward a resolution. Getting a decision maker paperweight is a fun and simple way to help with indecisiveness; scroll one when pondering light decisions at the office and see how much it helps come to a quick resolution on something so minor it’s not even worth thinking over again. These types of fun products illuminate how frivolous the whole concept can be — sometimes, all it takes is a simple hand movement to make a quick decision about what to do with the current task.

By using these thought systems and concepts, even the most indecisive individuals can improve their decision-making processes, which has advantages in every aspect of life.