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Knobull's President Recommends Methods That Streamline Decision Making
Pay attention to when you can't stop replaying events or decisions in your mind. Too many people spend too much time trying to solve mundane and trivial problems, and making small things complex. Use your energy to make complex things more simple and when needed ask for help."
Consider laying out all of your options, even the ones that may not be perfect. You may feel like you can move forward if you see more options. Pulling in support from others can also allow the best ideas to emerge. Place a value on components of each option and total the score to see which one gets the highest rank. Does your decision take you away from your goals or toward them?
The flow state as one in which you lose all track of time and become intensely focused on the task at hand. People tend to feel productive, creative, and happy in the flow state. Your intuition can help filter the decisions that you send up to your brain for processing. Obviously, gut feelings can't replace data and evidence, but they can lead you in a clear direction.
Instead of mulling over what could go wrong, start focusing on what could go right. Visualize all the things that can go right and keep those thoughts at the forefront of your mind. When you approach the decision from a place of trust and listen to a gut feel yes for what direction to go, decisions are much easier.
Rather than thinking about doing something for a long time instead of actually doing it, flip that pattern on its head. Staying in the planning stage and not acting does in fact keep you safe, but it can be problematic at work—especially if you've spent time doing your due diligence and research.
Also making small decisions will reduce the time you spend running in circles in your head. If you build most activities around learning, it could also boost your willingness to make decisions.
Bentley concluded, "Remember that no one has a crystal ball for the future. But if you spend the present moment worrying about and overthinking what the future holds, you'll waste precious time today. Once you've made a decision, accept that it was the best you could do. This outcome is one of many examples where learning and career development support derived from use of the Knobull site tools can boost long term success!"
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