Is deciding what to keep and what to toss difficult for you? Do you have trouble trying to decide what to work on? Do you put decisions off until later because you think it will be easier? Later time never arrives and so this is a good way to let things pile up.
Getting hung up on a decision can actually take up all our focus for days. Luckily practicing smaller decisions can help us make better decisions when there is more at stake.
Effectively using your time and your productivity hinge on how well you can make quick decisions. In fact, we make thousands of decisions each and every day. So, having a few options and strategies for quick decision-making can really help declutter your space and your calendar.
Decisions are really a form of problem solving. You probably haven’t thought through how to make decisions and are making it much more complicated than it is in your head.
Breaking down the process into step-by-step approach can make all the difference. By becoming aware of how it works, you automatically set your self up for success. You will know what to do, in what order, and when you are done.
One of the things I watch clients do over and over is make a decision and then take it back. It takes a lot of energy to make decisions, why would you want to do it over? Making a decision and trusting yourself enough to move on gets easier the more success you have.
One of my favorite strategies is the This One or That One approach. I use it with clients all the time.
- This works best when you go to put something away and realize you already have at least one. It also keeps you from over accumulating in the future and always having just the right thing to do the job.
- Ask – which one do I like better? This one, or that one? Just pretend you can only have one. Which one would you choose, all other factors being equal? Keep that one and send the other(s) into the world to serve someone else.
When there is a bigger decision involved putting it off until you have all the right information makes sense, but for the little stuff, just decide and move on. Now you are done.
Let me know how it goes. I can’t wait to hear what you worked on instead of Facebook.