It’s more and more apparent to me that almost everything I do on a given day has to do with choices.
Which emails do I craft careful replies to? Which invites do I accept and which ones do I turn down? Do I grab my phone to check Twitter again? But also bigger decisions, like what direction should we take the company in? What am I doing to get better at my job? What part can I play in fighting injustice?
Big or small, they’re all choices.
We live in a time where just about any information you can think of is readily available. Today’s worker has it easy in that sense: You can gather the data you need in a heartbeat. The difficulty lies in figuring out what it means and then deciding what to do next. It wouldn’t surprise me if smart software soon makes inroads into helping us make sense of all that data.
But you can make strides today – without the wonder-tools.
My decisions got better and easier when I started doing two things:
- First of all I got a clear sense of which choices are important for me and which are not.
- And then I started giving myself the time I needed to make the important ones.
That second point ☝️ is essential. Take your time.
We often force ourselves to make choices, under pressure or anticipated pressure from our boss or coworkers. Claiming the space you need to truly weigh your options makes a world of difference. Just sleeping on it does wonders. And talking with an advisor with the right expertise or experience can clear up confusion for those complex choices.