The decisions that people make every day sometimes make us think of the famous phrase “I’ll think about it tomorrow”. Then we decide not to decide anything. Psychologist Linda Claw says that people are often hampered by the fear of not making a good decision, but rather “tapping in place”. The fact is that people make better decisions when it comes to other people’s problems. Then people think with cold heads and are not subjective. When we need to make an important decision we need to look at all aspects from the other person’s perspective.
There is no universal rule that makes good decisions, so the advice of the elderly population to “sleep over” is actually good.
1. Imagine advising a friend — essential decisions can jeopardize your emotional health essential to making a firm and good decision. The logic is clear: human short-lived emotions interfere with decision-making, making important decisions, and blur a sense of judgment. It’s hard to get rid of feelings even though it’s good to know that feeling influences decisions. This approach only works well in certain situations. There is no point in advising friends about buying a cheaper car. It makes more sense to give him advice on where to move. If you need to decide where to move imagine a friend in a similar situation and start a conversation with a friend. Think about the questions you will ask a friend, the various risks of moving, and warnings about what to explore in a new location. It sounds crazy and requires a lot of mental play. In the end, the imagined conversation is worth the effort. This is the quickest way even though you need to consult a real friend (not just a fictional one).
2. Limit information input – the idea that you will make better decisions if you have more information is logical but not always correct. Sometimes an excess of information, especially irrelevant information, is a waste of energy and resources. The human brain does not like uncertainty. Uncertainty represents hesitation, randomness, and danger. When we notice that we have a lack of information, the brain metaphorically tells us to pay attention to everything around us. When people lack data then people overestimate the value of the data. The human mind assumes that all the information gathered in the brain should be important. That excess information can be in any form. You may have researched the topic too much and crossed the line of “informed decision” and receive redundant information. Or you have received an infinite amount of advice and opinions from several people. Redundant information actually further complicates the decision-making process. Try to remove the decisions that sound worst to you from the list. Instead of seeking advice from a lot of people, choose 2 people you can trust.
3. Try to look at both sides of the coin – it is said that things should be seen from the perspective of other people. It is also helpful to question your own assumptions thoroughly. If a person has a tendency to make similar decisions in life, he should set himself a challenge and decide the exact opposite. The idea is for a person to confront established behavior and step out of their comfort zone and use their imagination to discover completely new paths. The suggestion is simple: if a person chooses between multiple options, add a new option completely opposite to what you would otherwise decide. Imagine that you have already made a new decision and live with that decision in your imagination. This helps the human brain to examine assumptions about the importance of individual decisions.