Making a decision quickly isn’t necessarily easy, especially when the issue at hand is crucial to you or your business. But, whether in personal or professional life, circumstances sometimes push us to make decisions in a very short time. Here are some tips that can help you make decisions quickly and well.
take a step back
When faced with a problem, we often tend to have a subjective view. This is usually influenced by our education, our culture, our environment, our personality (impulsive or not, reasonable, etc.) and above all the circumstances in which the decision is made. To avoid making a wrong decision, move away from noise, distractions (TV, radio, window) and focus. Evaluate the problem by analyzing the ins and outs. Use the famous QQOQCP (What, Who, Where, When, How, Why), a useful tool to quickly identify the problem and identify the problems.
Quickly get key indicators
Don’t hesitate to ask yourself what could be a determining factor and see if you can’t quickly get key pointers on the subject. If you may not have the time to do it for all of them, you may have the opportunity to select a few with just a few clicks that can sway your decision in the right direction. If you have enough time, get them all before making your decision, in this case you could also take it in the best conditions.
Weigh the pros and cons
Nothing really new, you just have to list in writing the pros and cons of the different solutions you have found. You are currently in a dynamic of analysis for reason. The most reasonable solution requiring the fewest restrictions will be highlighted. If there are two solutions left in the race, trust your gut because you can’t procrastinate all day. Not making a decision is the worst case scenario. Also think about what your decision would cause in the worst case. If its effect is reduced, don’t waste time.
Have a plan B
Always have a plan B, it does not mean that the one you choose will fail. But just because you make a decision quickly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider an alternative that allows you to bounce back when needed. Sometimes these are corrective alternatives, sometimes radically different solutions. Sometimes, you have to know how to partially activate one by taking steps, for example, without making any decisions, this is the case for example when you request several providers. To find plan B, nothing could be simpler: ask yourself what you would do if solution 1 did not exist.
Having a backup plan is always more reassuring, isn’t it?
Once you have made your decision, thanks to good reasoning and a touch of intuition, you can go ahead and act with good conscience.