You’ve already made a whole stack of decisions today. Most of them were easy, quick wins and required no effort at all. You made your choice, cracked on with things and got the job done.
Do we cut our toast into oblongs or triangles? (Triangles, obviously!) Do we wear our hair up today so we can have an extra 30 minutes in bed? (Hell, yes!)
Sadly, it’s not always that easy and some days we are faced with harder decisions. Relationship issues, financial worries, poor health, family dramas or work woes can provide us with much greater hurdles, making our decisions much trickier.
It’s quite possible that on any given day, a situation will arise where you need to make a decision but can’t. Sometimes it’s because the situation is too upsetting. Sometimes we are faced with impossible choices that have no positive outcome. Sometimes we are just overwhelmed by the choices in front of us.
So what can we do to help us make better decisions? There is no one answer to this question, no quick win or ‘hack’, as the best way to make decisions varies depending on the situation.
We might not have all the answers to your problems, but we can provide you with some self-care tips to help you to improve your decision-making skills:
Take time to think about the problem.
Rather than making a decision in a hurry, take the time to really understand what the situation is. This allows you to make a more informed decision and avoid emotional reactions that can cloud your judgment.
Try different approaches to solving the problem.
Rather than sticking with the same approach, try different methods to see which works better. This allows you to find solutions that aren’t obvious and can lead to more successful outcomes.
Rather than being resistant to change, be flexible in your approach. This allows you to adapt to new information and move forward in a flexible way.
Be honest with yourself.
It’s important to be honest with yourself when making decisions. This allows you to admit when you’re wrong and to move forward in a way that benefits both you and the people involved.
These are just a few tips that can help you make better decisions. As always, it’s important to slow down, take a step back, exercise some common sense and think through each situation before acting.
Just remember that nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. The wrong decision doesn’t make you a bad person. As the saying goes, it’s not about making the right choice … sometimes it’s about making a choice and making it right.