Every day decisions are made. Some will be big and some will be small. Some will have huge impact on your life and others will little impact. The small decisions don’t seem like much but they add up to a lot of wasted time. Large decisions can really test you in life.
You are probably making dozens of decisions every single day. Choosing what to write about, what to eat, how to dress, if you should go to the gym or even should I try to reach my goal? How do you make the right decision without knowing how things will add up?
When I make my decisions I typically filter them through a few questions first. I make a choice based on a few criteria I have set in my life. Here are the questions I ask myself before I decide:
How will the decision impact the rest of my day?
We live in a time where people lack in the scheduling department. I hope you are one of the few who plan your days out ahead of time. Personally I use my iPhone’s calendar app to do this. So if an issue or event happens to pop up you can simply look to see what else it would affect in your schedule. So, depending on your choice you might be jeopardizing your productivity for the day. This is a poor choice in my book and I would stay away from altering your current schedule.
“It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.” – Roy E. Disney
Would my decision question any of my values or principles?
Everyone lives a different life and many of us have different values and principles. Our daily decisions are impacted by these and really determine the path we take in life. Stop making choices in your life because you feel pushed to do so. People who think they know whats best for you typically don’t. Make sure your decisions align with your values and principles. Keeping them on your mind will allow you to make quicker decisions in the long run.
What are the negative aspects of my decision?
Negativity is the biggest problem in our world right now. The good news is you are able to control how much of it you deal with on a daily basis. I am keen on staying positive and keeping people around me positive. But if your decision is going to have negative effects you need to know how to stay positive and keep the people around you positive. There are going to be times when you feel like the world is out to get you. I don’t believe the world is out to get you but I think it is out to test you! Pass its tests and I guarantee you will live a happier life.
“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” – Tony Robbins
Who is affected by my decision?
When I started making decisions on my own I rarely thought about others. No one corrected me or told me it was not the correct way to do it. In most cases someone is being affected by the decisions we make. There are multiple layers to consider before you make a decision. If you had the ability to ruin another for your own success, would you do it? If your answer is yes, most likely you will not succeed until you fix that. If you can make decisions with the big picture in mind your chances for success will skyrocket.
When do I have to make my decision?
In most cases these will be 30 second – 2 minute decisions. If you know you can decide quick and and it flows through your filters, do it. Some decisions will be larger than others but they are all broken down the same. Do not procrastinate on making small decisions because you will run into problems. Creating more problems for yourself has never worked for anyone before. But it seems to happen more often than not in today’s age. Keep your focus on how you make decisions. Use this process to help make decisions on time. Here is the good news: you are the one in control and you determine your future.
These questions will help you make more efficient decisions and minimize the time wasted on making the wrong ones. This simple action step will help you prevent hours of clean up on a weekly basis. Now you know how I make my decisions on a daily basis. I hope you go out today with an effective mindset and the ability to make the right decision.
“Ultimately, the decisions you make today will impact tomorrow. Just as the decisions you do not make today will not impact tomorrow. Your success lies in between.” – The Inspiration Mentor